There is no animal or insect that has come to represent the process of transformation and shapeshifting more than that of the Butterfly.
The Butterfly is a powerful symbol in myth and religion. In early Christianity, it was a symbol of the soul. In China, it was used as a symbol of conjugal bliss and joy. To the Native Americans, the Butterfly is a symbol of change, joy, and color.
Butterflies appear to dance as they light upon flowers and such, reminding us not to take things quite so seriously within our lives and awaken a sense of peace and joy.