Wednesday, October 04, 2006

I-Spy a yellow Butterfly ...


Orhan...this one's for you. Living a world apart & hearing that you had never seen a yellow butterfly, I thought I would take advantage of the multitude that were in my yard today. You should at least get to see a yellow butterfly once in your life!
These fluttering little beasts are also known as grassland butterflies. Butterflies, in general, average between 12-20 mph, can not fly usually when it is cooler than the mid-eighties (which is why we never see them in the snow) there are over 700 species of them in North America alone, they taste with their feet loving both nectar & salt, and their various colors are caused by the bending of light & not pigmentation.
In our world, they represent everything that is seemingly small & insignificant, but really truly large, moving, pure & beautiful... from fleeting thoughts to passer-bys, what-ifs, what was & what will be, people, words, ideas ... kind of like the sun, so far away... it seems small on the sky-line, but in reality it is huge & significant...our life-force & it kisses us with its warmth.
Butterfly Blessings.

12 comments:

SAS said...

Love it!

Orhan Kahn said...

You have certenly made my day SkinnyLittleOne! They taste with their feet?! Thats just awesome!

A common type of butterfly I see Down Under is the red and black ones, and they're not too exciting.

You have to keep in mind that Australia has a multitude of insects that are specific to the region and considering, much like the States, there are many different climates around the continent. The most common things in this country are usually the things that annoy you, (flys & mozzies), harm or kill you (take your pick).

If you ever find yourself Down Under be sure to look me up. We'll cross this vast land together and hopefully survive. I highly recommend reading the book Down Under by Bill Bryson, if that doesn't inspire you to visit this beautiful place, nothing will.

Thanks missy, you're a champion. Awesome pictures too!

SAS said...

ewwwww...flies! shoo!
but what are mozzies?

Orhan Kahn said...

I was going to clarify what a mozzie was but I gambled that you might understand our slang, silly me.

A mozzie is short for mosquito. Also ewwwww!

SAS said...

pesty little buggers,too....ewwwwww

skinnylittleblonde said...

Flies, gnats, fleas, ticks, mozzies & skeeters ... pests at best & killers at worst!

Orphan~you'll have to send a pic of the red & black butterflies ...we don't have them!

Matt said...

I'm reminded of catching (capturing would be a more apt word) Monarch butterflies as a child in the country. They were beautiful.

Normally I don't think genetic engineers should mess w/ nature but wouldn't a larger butterfly be absolutely beautiful? If not freakish....

A butterly with a wing span of two feet. A whole flock of them flying around.... Well, there's absolutely no biological niche to support that type of creature but it sure would be beatiful.

singleton said...

mmmmmmm....
and if they would fly in the moonlight!

singleton said...

ummmmm.....slb....watch your typos! lol!

Orhan Kahn said...

Here you go SkinnyLittleOne: http://www.mjausson.com/2003/img/walk24Feb03/16bu_unknown.jpg

I was wrong about them being red though, they're obviously orange but appear more reddish on a bright sunny day.

skinnylittleblonde said...

Matt~
I think the largest one I ever saw had a wing span of maybe 6", however I have read that they can get to be about 12". I would love to see one with that or a 24" or even larger...they are so pretty.

Doug said...

although I believe the monarch butterfly is the cadillac of butterflies