The butterfly is a type of insect with two pairs of wings (left and right) that form a V-shape when they are at rest. Butterflies have four life stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The larvae feed on plants or decaying organic material while the adults drink nectar from flowers. Some species hibernate in the larval stage to conserve energy during winter. Butterflies are an iconic theme in art, symbolism, folklore, and poetry for being beautiful but fragile creatures with short lives. They’re often considered an omen of happiness because their bright colors contrast with dark times ahead and symbols for transformation.