The Greek name for butterfly is psyche, the symbol for the human soul. A butterfly that appears in a mandala can refer to beauty, impermanence, immortality, rebirth, or a change of appearance.
This mandala was also done with my youngest daughter in mind. After she moved out, I thought about creatures that fly. I love the Monarch butterfly especially for it's vibrant red-orange colour and black and white background and spots. I was going to add more to this, but thought better of it. I think it says exactly what I want it to say.
This is an acrylic painting on canvas. Size is also 8 x 8.