The world enjoys about 28,000 species of butterflies, perhaps the most beautiful and beloved creatures in the insect world. But why are they called "butterflies"? Legend has it that early English-speaking civilizations were familiar with a fluttering insect with buttery yellow wings -- and that's where the name originated. Today, the butterfly is probably one of the few "bugs" that most people do not fear.
In the world of art, the colorful butterfly symbolizes delicate beauty, freedom, peace, and unfettered joy. Butterfly posters and prints are popular among designers and decorators who are looking for the lighter touch in wall art.