And look! It has grown larger fins! It must be close to maturing.
Young dragons are relatively defenseless. They are born with relatively soft scales, which are shed and replaced with harder ones as the hatchling matures. Once a hatchling’s wings grow in, it marks the beginning of maturation. At this point they are often capable of hunting on their own and are usually left alone by their mother.
Butterfrill is cursed with a sense of honesty, a measure of integrity, and enough moral courage to make him act on it, so much so that he occasionally stands up to Molatoff, who sees that he's a man of principle, who went right to the wall for the truth. He seems perfectly content to hide, being ill-equipped to defend himself, earning him a reputation of cowardice. However, he has hidden nerve and brains and, when needed, helps Molatoff in unexpected ways.