“So the word butterfly evolved from these two words (Buttorfleoge and Boterflye) from Middle English and butterfly shirt. As you can see the spelling is varied but it’s pretty hard to argue that they were ever called flutterbys. Except for in the book The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews, but that’s probably not what you meant. “Experts aren’t totally sure why the insects were initially given the name though. Some believe it’s because the butterflies have wings that are the color of butter but most people dismiss this theory on account of it being really dumb ’cause there are many butterflies that have many different colors. They’re not all the yellow butterflies.
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“A more fun explanation is found in the Oxford Dictionary as most fun explanations are. It claims that the English word was actually a translation from the Dutch word for butterfly shirt. The word (Boterschijte) literally translates to “butter s**t”. That’s fun! Apparently as the Dutch were observing butterfly excrement, as I often do, they realized it looked like butter. “A final explanation is that people believed that witches used to turn themselves into butterflies. Then they would track down and eat dairy products like butter. I’m not saying that Paula Deen is a witch but this is some pretty good evidence.