I could sit and watch butterflies for a very long time. At Meadowlark there is a garden especially designed to attract them. There were dozens. In the photo above you can just make out two almost in the center, their fluttering around us was almost like a ballet of carefully synchronized movement, mesmerizing.
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
Butterflies.....flowers that fly and all but sing.
And what's a butterfly? At best he's but a caterpillar at rest.
A butterfly says, "The caterpillar-me is history,
My metamorphosis a mystery, and today.....
Today is a present my struggle gifted me.
Did you know that there are about 28,000 butterfly species in the world?
I saw a few of them on my walk and I noticed that some had had a very tough time of it. In the picture below if you look closely at the butterfly on the right, something seems to have taken a bite out of its wing. There were quite a few with battle scars.
Do you see it? It looks like it had a very lucky escape.
A butterfly is a miracle,
A divine creation that fleets,
After propelling the caterpillar within,
An array of preditors it cheats.
Butterflies cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees.
Here are the names of some butterfly species:
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), Spring Azure (Celastrina argiolus), Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus), Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa), Woodland Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides).....
Sara Orangetip (Anthocharis sara), Purplish Copper (Lycaena helloides), Lorquin's Admiral (Limentis lorquini), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Cabbage White (Pieris rapae), Veined "Mustard" White (Pieris napi)
I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.