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" . . . And When All The Wars Are Over, A Butterfly Will Still Be Beautiful." Ruskin Bond-Scenes From A Writer's Life

Updated on April 22, 2016
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A Beautiful Zebra
A Beautiful Zebra | Source

For Love Of Butterflies

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
- Irish Blessing

Doris Longwing (Heleconius erato)

This beautiful, long winged butterfly is one of 40 Neotropical species found throughout Brazil, north to Central America and Mexico, and occasionally straying as far north as south Texas.

Doris Longwing (Heleconius erato)

A Doris Longwing  (Heleconius erato)
A Doris Longwing (Heleconius erato) | Source
A Doris Longwing At Rest         (Heleconius erato)
A Doris Longwing At Rest (Heleconius erato) | Source

(Idea leuconae) Great Tree Nymph, Tree Nymph, Rice Paper Butterfly, Paper Kite

This beautifully patterned butterfly, indigenous to Southeast Asia, is an important butterfly in that it is so well recognized. Regardless the name that it is called, it is striking for its appearance, and it somewhat calm demeanor.

Tree Nymphs (Idea leuconae)

A Tree Nymph and a Julia Heleconia (Idea leuconae) /  (Dryas julia)
A Tree Nymph and a Julia Heleconia (Idea leuconae) / (Dryas julia) | Source
 A Tree Nymph (Idea leuconae)
A Tree Nymph (Idea leuconae) | Source

Mormons (Papilio rumanzovia)

          Mormons  (Papilio rumanzovia)
Mormons (Papilio rumanzovia) | Source

For Love Of Butterflies

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.

- Rabindranath Tagore

Birdwings

      Green Birdwing (Ornithoptera priamus)
Green Birdwing (Ornithoptera priamus) | Source
     Green Birdwing (Ornithoptera priamus)
Green Birdwing (Ornithoptera priamus) | Source
     Green Birdwing (Ornithoptera priamus)
Green Birdwing (Ornithoptera priamus) | Source

For Love Of Butterflies

But these are flowers that fly and all but sing:
And now from having ridden out desire
They lie closed over in the wind and cling
Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire.
- Robert Frost, "Blue-Butterfly Day"

Great Eggflies (Hypolimnas bolina)

      Great Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina)
Great Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina) | Source

For Love Of Butterflies

Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine.

- Jeffrey Glassberg

Great Eggfly / (Hypolimnas bolina)

Also known as the Blue Moon Butterfly in New Zealand, and the Common Eggfly in other parts of the world, this species of the nymphalid butterfly family, is common to Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and parts of southeast Asia.

Distinctive for the male's striking black top wing, with blue moon shaped markings, this spectacular butterfly is seldom seen in the U.S., but one of the most handsome of all, none - the - less.

Zebras (Heleconius charithonia)

                Zebra  (Heleconius charithonia)
Zebra (Heleconius charithonia) | Source
                Zebra  (Heleconius charithonia)
Zebra (Heleconius charithonia) | Source
                Zebra  (Heleconius charithonia)
Zebra (Heleconius charithonia) | Source
                Zebra  (Heleconius charithonia)
Zebra (Heleconius charithonia) | Source

For Love Of Butterflies

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

- Hans Christian Andersen

Glasswing (Greta oto)

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For Love Of Butterflies

The butterfly long loved the beautiful rose,
And flirted around all day;
While round him in turn with her golden caress,
Soft fluttered the sun's warm ray....
I know not with whom the rose was in love,
But I know that I loved them all.
The butterfly, rose, and the sun's bright ray,
The star and the bird's sweet call.
- Heinrich Heine

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For Love Of Butterflies

I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.

- Charles Dickens

White Admiral

A White Admiral
A White Admiral | Source
Mating White Admirals
Mating White Admirals | Source
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For Love Of Butterflies

Butterflies are self propelled flowers.

- R.H. Heinlein

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Milbert's Tortoiseshell
Milbert's Tortoiseshell | Source
Milbert's Tortoiseshell
Milbert's Tortoiseshell | Source

For Love Of Butterflies

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

- Author Unknown

Tawny Coster

Tawny Coster
Tawny Coster | Source

For Love Of Butterflies

The green grass and the happy skies
court the fluttering butterflies.
- Terri Guillemets

Clouded Sulphurs

A Clouded Sulphur
A Clouded Sulphur | Source
A Clouded Sulphur
A Clouded Sulphur | Source

For Love Of Butterflies

“Don't be afraid. Change is such a beautiful thing", said the Butterfly.”
- Sabrina Newby

Tiger Swallowtails

Tiger Swallowtail
Tiger Swallowtail | Source
Tiger Swallowtail
Tiger Swallowtail | Source

For Love Of Butterflies

“Butterflies are nature’s tragic heroes. They live most of their lives being completely ordinary. And then, one day, the unexpected happens. They burst from their cocoons in a blaze of colors and become utterly extraordinary. It is the shortest phase of their lives, but it holds the greatest importance. It shows us how empowering change can be.”
- Kelseyleigh Reber

Orange Tips (Hebemoia glaucippe)

       Orange Tip (Hebemoia glaucippe)
Orange Tip (Hebemoia glaucippe) | Source
       Orange Tip (Hebemoia glaucippe)
Orange Tip (Hebemoia glaucippe) | Source

For Love Of Butterflies

Beauty, . . . . The whimsy of a butterfly in flight.

- Unknown Author


True Cattlehearts (Parides arcas)

True Cattleheart  (Parides arcas)
True Cattleheart (Parides arcas) | Source
True Cattleheart  (Parides arcas)
True Cattleheart (Parides arcas) | Source
True Cattleheart  (Parides arcas)
True Cattleheart (Parides arcas) | Source

For Love Of Butterflies

The smile a butterfly causes is infectious. - Glenn Conant

Lacewings (Cethosia ceyane)

      Lacewing (Cethosia ceyane)
Lacewing (Cethosia ceyane) | Source

For Love Of Butterflies

Combine beauty, whimsy and a very brief life, and you have the butterfly. - Glenn Conant

Question Marks (Polygonia interrogationis)

        Question Marks (Polygonia interrogationis)
Question Marks (Polygonia interrogationis) | Source

For Love Of Butterflies

If humans were butterflies, the world would be full of artists and lovers. - Glenn Conant

Viceroys (Limenitis archippus)

          Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)
Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) | Source
          Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)
Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) | Source

For Love Of Butterflies

The butterfly is beauty in flight; . . . What more need be said? - Glenn Conant

Clippers (Parthenos sylvia)

A Resting Clipper (Parthenos sylvia)
A Resting Clipper (Parthenos sylvia) | Source
A Clipper'S Life (Parthenos sylvia)
A Clipper'S Life (Parthenos sylvia) | Source

For Love Of Butterflies

To understand true beauty, experience the whimsy of the butterfly - Anonymous

Malachites (Siproeta stelenes)

        Malachite (Siproeta stelenes)
Malachite (Siproeta stelenes) | Source
        Malachite (Siproeta stelenes)
Malachite (Siproeta stelenes) | Source

For Love Of Butterflies

Like a butterfly, I have been reborn with bold colors and strong wings. - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

       Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)
Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)
       Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)
Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)
       Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)
Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

For Love Of Butterflies

. . . a butterfly is like the soul of a person; . . . It dries out in captivity. - Marlene Van Niekerk

Pearly Crescents (Phyciodes tharos)

A Pearly Crescent  (Phyciodes tharos)
A Pearly Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
A Pearly Crescent On An Oxeye Daisey                   (Phyciodes tharos)
A Pearly Crescent On An Oxeye Daisey (Phyciodes tharos)

Little Wood Satyrs (Megisto cymela)

A Little Wood Satyr  (Megisto cymela)
A Little Wood Satyr (Megisto cymela)

Ringlets (Coenonympha tullia)

  A Common Ringlet (Coenonympha tullia)
A Common Ringlet (Coenonympha tullia)

Cabbage Whites (Pieries rapae)

Cabbage Whites   (Pieries rapae)
Cabbage Whites (Pieries rapae)

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