butterfly flower


  • A little girl with an armful of flowers examines a butterfly perched on her hand
    A little girl with an armful of flowers examines a butterfly perched on her hand
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n butterfly flower shrub or small tree of Dutch Guiana having clusters of pink flowers streaked with purple
    • n butterfly flower any plant of the genus Schizanthus having finely divided leaves and showy variegated flowers
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  • Elizabeth Goudge
    Elizabeth Goudge
    “Butterflies... not quite birds, as they were not quite flowers, mysterious and fascinating as are all indeterminate creatures.”


In literature:

And while it balances itself above the earth it displays its flowers, which might be taken for butterflies' wings.
"The Basket of Flowers" by Christoph von Schmid
Just think of the trees and the flowers and the birds and the butterflies!
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
By ten o'clock we were down where the vegetation was luxuriant, the flowers in bloom and the butterflies flitting about them.
"A Gold Hunter's Experience" by Chalkley J. Hambleton
Do you ride on butterflies, sleep in flower-cups, and live among the clouds?
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
The flower was snow-white and shaped like a butterfly.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 26, October, 1880" by Various
The butterfly backed clumsily out of the gigantic flower.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
It seemed as though the butterfly upon leaving its shell knew all the flowers at once.
"Friars and Filipinos" by Jose Rizal
Butterflies and dragon flies fluttered over the golden colza flowers in the fields.
"Nature Myths and Stories for Little Children" by Flora J. Cooke
Dancing as a butterfly dances from flower to flower.
"Seven Keys to Baldpate" by Earl Derr Biggers
For a little while their minds rested upon this thought, as chasing butterflies might rest together on a flower.
"The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman" by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Far afield the milkweed nodded a soft welcome to the butterflies winging, like flying flowers, over the fields.
"Peggy Owen and Liberty" by Lucy Foster Madison
The butterflies flitted from flower to flower, sipped a little honey here and there and ate it up.
"The Old Willow Tree and Other Stories" by Carl Ewald
There lovely broad-winged butterflies flitted over the beautiful flowers in the sunny glades.
"Saga of Halfred the Sigskald" by Felix Dahn
Have you not seen the beautiful red and yellow butterflies that look so much like flowers?
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
THERE was once a butterfly who wished for a bride; and, as may be supposed, he wanted to choose a very pretty one from among the flowers.
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
A moment after, they were flower and butterfly, then a jigging donkey; then harlequin and columbine again.
"International Short Stories" by Various
This small valley was ablaze with flowers, and butterflies were very abundant.
"Tales of South Africa" by H.A. Bryden
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, May 31, 1890" by Various
When flowers fade, have you never wondered where their colors go to, or what becomes of all the butterflies in the winter?
"One-Act Plays" by Various
Well it was for her that, as a child, she had danced, as a gnat over a pool, as a butterfly among the flowers of the garden.
"Deep Moat Grange" by S. R. Crockett

In poetry:

"Yes, she is in heaven's glory,
But in heaven's own land, alas!
There are no butterflies nor flowers--
Nor meadows of velvet grass!"
"Mother And Child" by Apollon Nikolayevich Maykov
Two doves upon the selfsame branch,
Two lilies on a single stem,
Two butterflies upon one flower:—
Oh happy they who look on them.
"Song V" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
The flowers in the garden nigh,
They think a thousand simple things;
Above them floats a butterfly
With all their purple on his wings.
"The Happy Earth" by Alexander Anderson
Suppose, o beloved,
if the wind does not blow,
butterflies might come
to seek in my jars
the bent flowers,
so bent that seem to listen.
"Relative Poem" by Jorge Mateus de Lima
THIS butterfly of human breath,
Is followed far and fast by Death;
Some flower of life it settled on
He clasps and crushes, but—'tis gone.
"Love And Death" by Gerald Massey
She covered the ground up with flowers,
The butterfly came, and the bee,
But no tree ever grew from her planting--
No beautiful blossoming tree.
"Fate" by Madge Morris Wagner

In news:

A great spangled fritillary butterfly alights upon the flowers of a common milkweed plant in the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church garden.
Like self-propelled flowers drifting on the breeze, butterflies enliven a garden with colorful motion.
Nice combination of flower and butterfly.
The Twinny series from Hem Genetics are a genetic breakthrough as the first dwarf snapdragon series with a double or butterfly flower form.
Butterflies, which are good pollinators , enjoy flat-topped flowers that provide good landing spots for them.
Although the heat has been keeping most of us inside this Red Admiral Butterfly was out feeding at the Pink Cone Flowers on July 20th.
Due to the warm winter/spring and the early blooming flowers, the Red Admiral butterfly began its migration earlier than usual and in large numbers.
Every October my Gregg's Mist flowers are over taken by what appear to be Solder butterflies.
They plant new flowers that Raccoon says the butterflies will like, but all that shows up are two friendly caterpillars.
The butterflies that flit from flower to flower in our backyard gardens might seem fragile to the naked eye.
The description of Vitex resembling a great big butterfly bush is fairly apt since both plants have a very distinctive flower spike, thrive in full sun, flower throughout the summer and attract numerous butterflies to their sweet nectar.
A butterfly lands on a flowering Confetti Lantan plant in San Antonio, Texas.
Trailing lavender lantana a long-flowering butterfly magnet.
With her latest eye-catching designs, Lulu deKwiatkowski is decorating the world with butterflies, flowers and peacocks.
A butterfly gathers nectar from a flower Tuesday afternoon in the Mary Jane Newberry Butterfly Habitat at Lake Tobesofkee WOODY MARSHALL — wmarshall@macon.com Buy Photo.