Vol 1 Butterflies of the World ... Introduction ... Butterfly delight
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Butterfly evolution

Butterflies evolved later than other insects, like the dragonflies.
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Butterflies have evolved recently, compared with some other insects. The first butterflies appeared around the time of the giant dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus, some 120 million years ago. This was much later than many other insect groups like giant dragonflies which lived 300 million years ago.

Butterflies are among the most adaptable of creatures. They are found everywhere except the polar regions, and the hot, humid tropics are home to a myriad of colorful species.