Egypt is known to use butterfly as a symbol of art since ancient times. The egyptian queen used butterfly as a common motif in her jewelery.
In Japan butterfly is considered as lucky when it enters thier houses and perches behind bamboo screen in the guest room. However they consider it to be a bad omen to see a large number of butterflies together.
Incas were known to sacrifice butterflies to their Gods. The ancient Greek word for butterfly means Soul. The Russian word for butterfly means Grand Mother. I Chinese culture a pair of flying butterflies is symbolised as love. In India it is considerd to be goodluck if a butterfly sits on ones body.
In Bengal(India) butterfly is considered to be a symbol for marriage ceremony. The butterfly drawing is compulsorily present in the wedding invitation card in Bengal.
Butterfly is very popular among collectors. Rare species are preserved in resin and displayed in the drawing Room walls as costly show pieces. There is a huge demand for butterflies in the international market among collectors. This has brought a few species near extinction. Governments of several countries have listed butterflies among conserved species and poaching is prohibited by law.