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  • Nothing more than a little shrimp-like animal, standing on its head in a limestone house and kicking food into its mouth
  • Don't accept the chauvinistic tradition that labels our era the age of mammals. This is the age of arthropods. They outnumber us by any criterion – by species, by individuals, by prospects for evolutionary continuation.
  • If we live out our span of life on earth without ever knowing a crab intimately we have missed having a jolly friendship. Life is a little incomplete if we can look back and recall these small people only as supplying the course after soup and with the Chablis.
  • What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly.
  • There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.
  • A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.
  • God in His wisdom made the fly. And then forgot to tell us why.
  • I never could have thought of it, to have a little bug all lit and made to go on wings.
    • Elizabeth Madox Roberts, "Firefly".
  • The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
    • Rabindranath Tagore "Stray Birds"'