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Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Illuminating Butterflies!

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough”. ~Rabindranath Tagore.

The commonly seen combination of the flower and the butterfly is so alluring; it has inspired generations of poets and philosophers alike. Butterflies are “flowers that fly” and flowers “tethered butterflies”! How could I resist the temptation?

White Orange Tip

" And when I see them float, seemingly without purpose,
so exposed, so meek, what do the butterflies seek?
Today, it dawned upon me, my moments of joy, in my seeking of thee!"

In contrast to spiders that mostly go unnoticed, it is just impossible to ignore butterflies. The mesmerizing colors, shapes and sizes of various butterflies that float through our landscape are so refreshing that a closer look will surely lead you towards discovering a wonderful gift – “Butterfly Watching” - to be cherished a lifetime!

If you dig deeper, you will soon read facts like, the taste sensors of the butterfly are located in their feet, and by standing on their food they can taste it! Butterflies don't have mouths that allow them to bite or chew. They have a long straw like structure called a proboscis that they use to drink nectar and juices. Butterflies do not spin cocoons. Caterpillars shed their final skin to reveal a pupa. The outer skin of this pupa hardens to form a chrysalis that protects and hides the amazing transformation that is occurring inside.

You can become a “lepidopterist” if you wish, but just watching these insects on wings can be a great excuse to be out there breathing some fresh air! Let’s go…




Small Orange Tip

Pea Blue

Some butterfly images from INW... -> Click Here

Peace and joy every moment of your life!

Vijay Cavale
September, 2007