When you imagine an insect, you probably think of some creepy-crawly, hideous creature that makes irritating buzzing noises or always pops up much too close to your head when you least expect it. But not all insects were made equal – butterflies are also insects, and we associate these beauties with spring, sunshine, flowers and loveliness. Their metamorphosis from caterpillar to gorgeous butterfly is often used as an inspirational metaphor. Our photographers, too, seem to be fans of these little flying canvases, because we had a wealth of images to choose from for this selection. Enjoy some of our loveliest butterfly photos below.