Why are butterflies called “butterflies”? – Big Questions (Ep. 13)

Why are butterflies called butterflies? It’s a simple enough name, and the butterfly is a simple, beautiful animal. But where does the name butterfly come from?

A weekly show where we endeavor to answer one of your big questions. This week, “MadeofAwesome4ever” asks, “I’ve heard that butterflies were once called ‘flutterbys’, and that people mishearing/mispronouncing it changed it to ‘butterfly’. is this true? If not, why are butterflies called ‘butterflies’?”

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