Butterflies and Beltane go together well as summer begins
Through the Pagan calendar
I used to keep a seasonal diary on my old personal website that often reflected the Pagan calendar. In the following story I talk about Beltane at the beginning of May, and about butterflies in both the UK and in Tenerife.
At the time of writing I wasn't yet living on the island but had visited and had been to a butterfly gardens there.
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Beltane and butterflies go well together
Continuing my seasonal diary I am writing now about this time of Beltane, which for me was spent at Avebury, where many had gathered to celebrate this festival at which we welcome in the summer ahead and the fertility of all of Mother Nature’s creation. However, it is butterflies that are in my mind, mainly because there are so many flying right now, and so I thought I would tell you a bit about these beautiful winged wonders.
The other day whilst walking in the woods and fields of Dinas Powys, near Cardiff, I was treated to encountering so many different species, all enjoying the warm sunlight. Commas, that remind me of ragged leaves, unmistakeable Peacocks with their huge eye-spots, cheerful-looking Small Tortoiseshells seeking out the nettle patches, Speckled Woods and the beautiful Orange Tip, were all in plentiful supply. Earlier on in the year in the same location I had also seen the bright yellow Brimstone, which had emerged from hibernation.
The butterflies of Britain made me remember a wonderful place I visited in Icod de los Vinos in Tenerife, when I went to the butterfly centre known as Mariposario del Drago. Here they breed and house many exotic types such as the Monarch or Milkweed butterfly, as well as incredible large moths including the Atlas, the Assam Silk-moth and the Death’s Head Hawkmoth.
In the Mariposario is a very large jungle space full of tropical bushes, trees and plants as well as walkways for visitors to make their way around. The butterflies fly freely and lay their eggs on the correct food-plants as well as feeding from the flowers and feeding stations.
As well as this there is a part of the centre where the caterpillars and pupae are cared for and visitors can also see the chrysalids which are waiting to emerge. The Mariposario supplies other centres as well as receiving insects from the Philippines, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Australia and other exotic locations.
There is a film theatre and exhibition gallery as well and the whole place can take several hours to really experience. It’s the sort of place I would visit and visit again and could happily work in.
If you get the chance to go to Tenerife check out the Mariposario del Drago but if it’s a bit too far to go, well enjoy the butterflies flying where ever you are, and you can see what I was describing by going here: http://www.mariposario.com
© 2010 Steve Andrews
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