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A Photo Story of Butterflies and the Butterfly Cycle
There's just something about butterflies that emanates peace like no other creature on Earth. I could walk around a butterfly garden or just sit and watch the beauty of their dance from flower to flower for hours on end.
Butterflies seem to bring endless smiles to both young and old. Whenever I see one or more fluttering around I think of how blessed we are to have such beauty around us at any given time. I feel so lucky to live in an area with a multitude of flora and fauna. If I take time to just stop and look around I'll find any number of butterflies, flowers and hundreds of other types of species just waiting to be seen.
Living in Florida definitely has many advantages besides the warm weather as there are over 20,000 species that can be found here, and it's a good thing...did you know that they can't fly unless their body temperature is above 86 degrees? That's why so often you will see them sunning themselves to stay warm.They definitely don't have to worry about staying warm living in Florida, that's for sure; it's been over 94 degrees everyday this week.
And I almost feel like I have to snap their picture whenever I find one to capture their flitting beauty in the tiny fleeting moment they are around so that they are appreciated for the joy they bring because they just don't live very long. A butterfly's wings will fade and tatter with age. But their entire life cycle from egg to caterpillar and chrysalis to adult only lasts from between one month and one year, depending on the species. Talk about living life being short, geesch, that seems almost unfair, but makes their presence even more precious.
time lapse butterfly lifecycle
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