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A Special Butterfly Story
Butterflies in Gardens
Butterflies are beautiful
Do you like butterflies?
My Special Butterfly Story
Fly butterfly fly away up in the tree, and don't injure your beautifully colored wings.
You light up the sun and day with the flapping of your lovely wings.
Every plant smells your velvety wings and wishes there was more of you.
The garden yearns for butterflies if only they could come by.
Fly as much as you can to know the different smells of gardens and places.
Make your short life a fulfilled one.
The butterfly struggles to get up and fly, a struggle with a purpose.
You think it won't happen soon, and looks a battle in your eye.
What you must understand is every person struggles with a purpose, even a butterfly.
To spread your wings and fly a free feeling that lies within.
A cocoon that opens up in developing a peaceful creature.
As I watched the butterfly for many hours, my mind was taken away from those many stressful moments of the normal day.
You feel like catching its wings but when I reached out to touch the wonderful thing it flew to the next flower.
The body of the butterfly forces its way out a small hole, looking so lifeless but so full of energy.
It pauses for a while as if no movement to go on.
When you want to help the butterfly from the opening of the cocoon, it feels at ease and emerges.
The wings look stuck together, and the body looks quite bubbled up.
Hoping for the wings to grow bigger by just watching the butterfly won't happen.
The poor butterfly lost its balance each time it tried to fly.
Why won't the butterfly fly?
The great attempt of flying wasn't successful, this should have been a natural process not disturbed by any human.
The fluid from the body flows into the wings of the butterfly to allow for flying.
The butterfly had accomplished just that, and started flying after nature took its course.
There was once a butterfly, with black striped wings, and a bit of red and yellow in color. A lonely butterfly, there was no other to play with.
The butterfly flew from one plant to the next looking for a partner but still there was none to be seen.
The colorful flowers and green plants was all it could see and smell. The sunny day turned into a rainy and dull day, and the butterfly's wings had a touch of wetness on its soft delicate wings. It grew sad with nobody by its side.
I noticed the butterfly and wanted to play with the lovely creature, and wanted to give a warm home to the cold and lonely butterfly; I reached out in the garden and caught it, an easy fragile grip to the wet wings and it couldn't fly much at that point.
The butterfly felt happy to be held to be kept safe and the beautiful creature gained its strength very quickly.
It made me most happy when I took the butterfly carefully in my palm and patted the wet wings,
I took it inside the house where we were away from the wet and cold moment, the butterfly no longer felt lonely.
The butterfly made a good friend, a human who understood its process in nature, and gave it the warmth when desperately needed.
When the bad weather disappeared, I found more butterflies outside in my small attractive flower garden and let my winged creature friend free to meet the others.
As much as I wanted to keep the butterfly indoors it had to be set free.
I thought of a name, and called it Flutter.
Butterflies are so colorful and I didn't want to just give up Flutter, but to let the incredible butterfly be happier with the same kind of friends.
When the sun came out there were many butterflies flapping their wings in the garden, the environment made Flutter happy and free.
Despite the wet garden Flutter enjoyed the company of own friends. The wings dried naturally and off they went into the wild as flippy as can be. I was ecstatic; to see them fly off together, though I was a little sad but knew what was best for the butterfly.
There are thousands of butterfly species have you ever seen such colorful creatures in your garden?
Butterflies enjoy beautiful environments they seek attractive flowers for nectar.
What do you know about butterflies?
They fly with great talent, with two pairs of good wings, spread out and overlapping rows. The scaly wings allows butterflies to fly to any place.
How do the wings support butterflies?
The veins in the wings act as a supportive and delicate attachment it nourishes the wings with blood.
At what body temperature can butterflies fly?
If the body temperature is over eight six degrees the butterfly is able to fly up and away. The wings of the butterfly fades in color as the butterfly ages and the wings become ragged in appearance.
Before flying the butterfly warms up this especially in the cooler weather.
Butterflies migrate to warmer conditions.
The Sense of Butterflies
How do Butterflies survive in their world?
Butterflies use the five senses to survive in their world.
Sight, touch, hear, and smell and taste.
To find food and to mate.
The sight changes in the different stages of a moth and butterfly life.
Light is detected from the simple eyes of the head Caterpillars which can hardly see an image right away.
The ocelli can notice the difference between light and dark.
The moth and the butterfly can see ultraviolet rays and are not able to see like humans do.
The long hairs on caterpillars senses touch you will find these hairs growing from the exoskeleton attached to the nerve cells and the information is sent to the insect's brain.
The sensory hairs has a sense of feel of the environment.
While flying the insect has information about the wind.
What about Smell and Taste?
The small mouth parts under the mandibles contain the cells of taste.
The food is eaten by caterpillars if appropriate the information is sent to the brain by a tiny antennae.
The feet of butterflies have sense organs to taste the sugar and nectar from plants that allows butterflies to lay their eggs in appropriate places and to know if a certain food is good to eat or if the food is not good to eat.
Noises startle caterpillars
The noises are heard by butterflies and moths but through their wings.
An organ called the Johnston's organ found at the base of the antennae that is in charge of the balance when the butterfly flies off.
Gardens that make a butterfly's needs most successful in all four stages, from the egg, caterpillar, chrysalls and to the adult stage are those with plants and flowers, in having water, shelter and the appropriate places to lay their eggs.
You need to grow nectar-rich flowers to attract butterflies to your garden. The type of plants grown should be the right type.
The plants are eaten after the eggs are laid on the correct type of plant grown and it is important to the caterpillar.
Nectar plants for butterflies and the kind of plants that have nectar.
The flower nectar for butterflies is crucial many types such as shrubs with flowers and vines play a part in the life of butterflies.
So plan your garden well to have plentiful butterflies.
There should be enough sunlight for butterflies to regulate the temperature of their bodies.
The temperature on the outside can also be too hot for them. There should be both sunny and shady places in the garden to allow for butterflies to cool off while they eat.
A butterfly bush called Buddleia has sweet nectar flowers for humming birds and bees; this makes a perfect bush for butterflies and moths.
A lovely garden attracts many insects.
Life-cycle of the Butterfly
Butterflies are beautiful
© 2013 Devika Primić