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I saw this short back in the 70's or early 80's, possibly on PBS. I've checked collections of shorts like Spike & Mike's and Alive! From Off Center but haven't been able to find it.

The plot is simple: a man runs around in a field with a giant net, catching butterflies, putting them in jars of ether to kill them, then mounting them. A giant butterfly comes along and he chases it, but it grabs him instead and flies off with him to a cave, where it impales him on a stalactite just as he pinned small butterflies.

I recall the art style being very simple, with thin lines, a very 70's sort of style, with the man not colored in and a plain background. The killer giant butterfly was colored in, and the patterns on its wings might have been animated in a hypnotic style.

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  • Butterfly comes close, but doesn't match everything you remember.
    – SteveV
    Nov 13, 2020 at 23:33
  • It does have a similar story, but the art style isn't at all the same and it lacks the gruesome ending.
    – Viergacht
    Nov 14, 2020 at 1:25
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    This does appear to have been shown on PBS in the 1977-1980 time frame. This review on IMDb talks about this specific short being shown on the "International Festival of Animation" show. Someone on Youtube is looking for it too. Unfortunately I haven't found any information about what shorts were featured on the show.
    – DavidW
    Dec 1, 2020 at 18:36

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Well, seems that answer is Kolekcionar (Milan Blažeković, 1971.), with that same ending enter image description here

He is a collector. He enthusiastically collects butterflies. His only goal in life is – a collection. However, one specimen is missing. He decided to go hunting. He has found the last exemplary that is supposed to complete his collection. The hunt begins.

Answer was posted by AlbertusGLupus in the video linked by
DavidW in the comments to the question:

@AlbertusGLupus 7 months ago @brentcanfield8883 Kolekcionar (Milan Blažeković, 1971.):

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    Wow! Impaled...er, nailed it! Jul 2, 2023 at 12:43
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    Awesome!!!!! Thank you so much!
    – Viergacht
    Aug 27, 2023 at 18:00

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