Emoji dictionary

🦋 Butterfly emoji

[buht-er-flahy ih-moh-jee]

What does the 🦋 Butterfly emoji mean?

The butterfly emoji represents the butterfly, as well as the symbolism associated with it: positive transformations, hope during a dark time, and new beginnings.

And because the phrase “butterflies in your stomach” can signify the nervous energy of new love, this emoji can also mean that you have a crush or are falling in love.

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Where does 🦋 Butterfly emoji come from?

green background with butterfly emoji on it

In 2016, the butterfly emoji was added by the Unicode Consortium, the organization that standardizes computer language, along with a host of other wild creatures like the fox, eagle, bat, duck, owl, and shrimp.

On Google and Microsoft devices, as well as on Facebook, the butterfly emoji design is based on the Monarch butterfly and therefore has orange wings:

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In contrast, on Apple devices and Twitter, the emoji has blue wings in reference to the Morpho butterfly.


Examples of 🦋 Butterfly emoji

Did you know butterfly diversity has decreased at an alarming rate over the past century? The greatest threat butterfly species face is the ongoing loss of suitable habitat. Visit the Museum’s Butterfly Conservatory to learn more about 🦋conservation
@AMNA, November 2018
4 years ago today was the third time I attempted suicide. It's been 2 years without self harm, and 1 year off my medications. I never thought I'd make it to 21, but I'm out here supporting myself and taking life day by day, and finding the beauty in life again 🦋 IT GETS BETTER.
@Flowermouthed, August 2018 https://twitter.com/Flowermouthed/status/1027268792039047173

Who uses 🦋 Butterfly emoji?

Nature lovers add this emoji to posts announcing they saw a butterfly or to celebrate the beauty of nature.

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Es ist Zeit, Zeit für Transformation 🦋 Transformation bedeutet etwas im eigenen Leben oder im Leben anderer nachhaltig zu verändern. Bei einer #Transformation gibt man automatisch einen Mangelzustand auf und trifft stattdessen eine klare Entscheidung für mehr #Fülle. Die Novembertage sind besonders gut dafür geeignet, denn sie schenken die Kraft zu erkennen, loszulassen und neue Wege zu gehen. „It‘s the beliefs you tell yourself that empower (or disempower you)“, Marisa Peer 🧚🏼‍♂️ Welche Fülle möchtest du heute mit der Kraft deiner #Gedanken für dein berufliches #Leben erschaffen? Was glaubst du, an was es dir noch mangelt? Reichweite – Geld – richtige Kunden – Unterstützung von außen, durch Familie oder Partner*in – an einem modernen Auftritt – Sport/Fitness – Gesundheit -… Frage dich, wieso das so ist und was du dir selbst sagen und für dich tun kannst, um dies nachhaltig zu ändern. . . . . . #selbstliebe #fülle #transformation #glaube #mindset #hypnose #geld #glaube #🦋 #selbstverwirklichung #glaubenssätze #loslassen #coaching #selbstständige #freelancer #gründer #texte #wert #businesswomen #spirituell #gründerinnen #freiheit #gedankentanken #fotografie #selbstwertsteigern #schmetterling #thinkpositive #reprogram

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Because its life cycle involves a caterpillar that wraps itself in a chrysalis until it emerges as a winged creature, the insect is associated with beauty and transformation. It is often included in posts about life getting better after a hard time or to encourage people who are experiencing challenges that things will look up.  While it’s not officially associated with the LGBTQ youth empowerment It Gets Better campaign, people will often include it in posts with the words “It gets better.”

Parents will use the butterfly to mark transformations in their children’s lives.

In 2017, Nylon magazine declared the butterfly emoji “a thing” after seeing it in post of models and influencers. They cited rapper Travis Scott, who had released the song “Butterfly Effect” earlier that year. (The butterfly effect is the phenomenon of a small change or action in a local context having global ramifications.)

As model Kylie Jenner and Scott traded butterfly emoji on Twitter, gossip mags were aflutter about a possible romance between the two, a bit of gossip that has since been more than confirmed.

With notable exceptions like Scott, the emoji is often used to accompany posts by and about women since butterflies are associated with femininity, especially in straight culture.

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Pretty to look at but hard to catch 🦋🦋

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