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- "The whisper of flitterbird wings over our heads."
- "You painted my face with honey."
- " And a Mordian butterfly landed on your nose. "
A butterfly was a diurnal insect characterized by a slender body, knobbed antennae, and four broad, conspicuously colored wings.
The holographic baseball park program where Captain Benjamin Sisko trained the members of his baseball team, the Niners, in 2375, contained a simulation of a white butterfly that flew in the infield behind the pitcher's mound. (DS9: "Take Me Out to the Holosuite")
When in 2376 Icheb was preparing to meet his parents for the first time since he had been assimilated, he told The Doctor that he has a strange feeling in his stomach. The Doctor jokingly replied that he had butterflies in there. Icheb, never having heard that expression, told The Doctor that he in fact had "never assimilated butterflies before". (VOY: "Child's Play")
Butterflies could be hunted with a special net, which became a metaphor for a trap to catch somebody. On Omicron Ceti III in 2267, Dr. McCoy asked Captain Kirk if he wanted to use a butterfly net on a colonist who was refusing to leave his home for evacuation. (TOS: "This Side of Paradise")