There are several stories circulating. The Anglo-Saxons called them ‘buttorfleoge’, an Old English compound word meaning butter and, you guessed it, fly. This makes sense considering a common butterfly in that country is the brimstone butterfly, which just happens to be yellow--the color of butter.
Now legend has it that witches would turn into winged creatures at night to steal milk and butter. Hmm ... If flying was a gift I possessed, yes, I would definitely use it to steal me some butter! But then again, perhaps butterflies are attracted to butter considering in some places they are called ‘milk thieves’ or ‘lickers of milk’.
The butterfly has been the inspiration of poets and writers for centuries.
“I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.” ~Charles Dickens
“Ever since I can remember, I've been intrigued with the beauty of butterflies…”
Sunshine’s Creative Explorations, Donna Lorello
“Imagine, Dare, Do!”
Naquiaya’s Cards, Naquaiya