Saturday, June 1, 2013


We delight in the beauty of the butterfly,
but rarely admit the change it has gone through
to achieve that beauty.

Author Unknown

Bees sip honey from flowers and hum their thanks when they leave.
The gaudy butterfly is sure that the flowers owe thanks to him.

Rabindranath Tagore, "Stray Birds"

"Once I read a story about a butterfly in the subway, and today I saw one.  It got on at 42nd and off at 59th, where, I assume it was going to Bloomingdales to buy a hat that will turn out to be a mistake - as almost all hats are."

Nikolaus Laszlo, Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, "You've Got Mail"

The tulip and the butterfly appear in
gayer coats than I:
Let me be dressed fine as I will,
Flies, worms, and flowers exceed me still.

Isaac Watts

Women, don't get a tattoo.
That butterfly looks great on your breast
when you're twenty or thirty,
but when you get to seventy,
it stretches into a condor.

Billy Elmer

Little Miss Muffet,
sat on her tuffet,
eating her curds and whey..
~~Look closely~~
Along came a spider and
sat down beside her,
and frightened Miss Muffet away.

Old Children's Nursery Rhyme

Love is like a butterfly.
It goes where it pleases and
it pleases wherever it goes.

Author Unknown

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom
and a little flower."

Hans Christian Andersen

Note: The proboscis coming out of his mouth

The Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly is a strong flier with distinctive yellow and black striped markings on its wings and body.  This butterfly has a wing span of 3.5 to 6.5 inches and is found throughout the USA and Canada.  Southern subspecies are larger than northern ones.

The caterpillar is plump and green with yellow eyespots; it looks like bird droppings when young.  Larvae eat leaves from the tulip tree, sweet bay, wild black cherry, ash, lilac, aspen, birch and choke cherry.

The caterpillars first meal is its own eggshell.  The grown butterfly drink sweet flower nectar and seem to like pink flowers especially.  Butterflies can only sip liquid food using a tube-like proboscis (see above picture), which is a long, flexible "tongue".  It uncoils to sip food, and coils up again into a spiral when not in use.

The Tiger Swallowtail is not poisonous , but many females are much darker, mimicking the poisonous Pipevine butterfly.  Animals that eat them get very sick but generally do not die, but they do remember that this brightly colored butterfly made them very sick so will avoid all butterflies with similar markings in the future.

In nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a 
lovely butterfly.
But with humans it is the other way around:
A lovely butterfly turns into a repulsive


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  1. Belle immagini che parlano di primavera!Buona domenica!Rosetta

  2. Very interesting reading about the butterflies Judy,
    When i was a little girl... i used to keep the silk worms in a box .. also very interesting.
    your photos have turned out so well with pick monkey.. they look professional.
    wishing yo a happy sunday val.

  3. Linda sua postagem sobre as borboletas, nos dando motivos para rir e para aprender.

  4. How interesting. I saw what looked to be a little spider near the butterfly, very nice pictures.

  5. Oh how lovely - makes me want to fly away!!

  6. Amazing photos! I love Swallowtails they are my favorite butterfly and I am lucky that they seem to like my garden. It seems that they like your too! (-:

  7. I love butterflies. Last fall, my son did a school project about the life cycle of butterflies and we were immersed in our studies for weeks. It was really interesting and they are so interesting to photograph. Your photos are lovely.

  8. Judy- You got some really great shots there and wonderful words to complete them. I miss the days where butterflies were too numerous to count. Pesticides, etc. have severely diminished the population. I watch them in awe when I see them. I also miss all the fireflies we were surrounded by when we were kids- xo Diana

  9. Such a sweet post Judy. Love the photos and quotes and the facts on the swallowtail butterfly. I saw one flying by this afternoon. Pretty!

  10. How interesting! I am new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully follow me back! Nicole

  11. I dont think I have seen any butterflies yet this summer. I have planted a buddleia in the garden which is supposed to attract them, hopefully when it grows a bit, we might get plenty. We used to have a buddleia at our old house and it really was a butterfly magnet, they loved it and it was so funny watching marmalade trying to leap up after them (she was never agile enough to catch them though thankfully). Enjoy your week Judy X

  12. Beautiful photographs! Just love butterflies, don't see enough of them in the summer. Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  13. Judy,
    Such a beautiful post!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!



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