There is something peaceful and serene about the butterfly that people just enjoy about the species. This has been something that has been going on since the dawn of time. Everywhere you look you see that people are fascinated by the butterfly and all that comes with it. It has been used as an omen of luck and peace for many years and astounds even the most cynical with its beauty and grace. There is much to learn from the butterfly, as the species is a point of great wonder and mystery to the scientific and public communities the world over.
What few people realize is that there are over three hundred different species of butterflies known to man. This is coupled with the fact that many believe that there are hundreds of others that have yet to be discovered. That is all part of the mystery that surrounds the butterfly. Those who study the graceful creature have a great desire to know the origins from whence it came, but rarely are those desires satisfied. This is due in part to the migratory habits of the butterfly in most cases. They will some times travel thousands of miles to return to a breeding ground.
One of the finest things to see is the migration of the butterflies in the fall when they will return to mate. The sky will turn to brilliant colors as the creatures make their way to the place where their ancestors have traveled for centuries. This is something that scientists have marveling over for many years as they are unsure as to how the creature knows where and when it is time to migrate. This is chalked up to the basic instinct that is embedded into them as they are born. This may be a throw back to the age when they needed to follow the seasons in order to survive.
Butterflies come in all shapes, sizes and colors. While it was once thought that butterfly patterns were completely random it has been now discovered that they are specific in their design. The overall usage is to help the creature avoid being eaten by a predator. This is all for the continuation of the species and has served the creature well over the eons that it has been in existence.
The study and collection of butterflies can be very rewarding and interesting to say the least. There are several books published on the subject for those who have an increased interest.