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A Special Butterfly Story

Updated on October 20, 2016
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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

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Au fait I like this hub as well and think the same about it. thank you for commenting and always appreciated

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Photos are gorgeous and I have to agree with several other of your commenters; this is one of your best articles. Voted up and BAI!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Eiddwen thank you for sharing comments on my hubs very kind of you to come always appreciated.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Beautiful DDE I loved it and vote up.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      whonunuwho thank you for commenting on my hubs always appreciated

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      whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

      Nice story. Thank goodness we have the beautiful butterflies to help transfer pollen, and help out our struggling bees!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Jackie Lynnley good to read another one of your comments so glad you came by thank you

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Jo_Goldsmith11 thanks for the vote up, tweet and sharing so glad you came by.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      midget38 thank you for sharing your thoughts here always appreciated.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi D.A.L. so good to hear from you my interesting butterflies have recently stunned me and they are such beautiful creatures. Thanks for the votes up, and tweeted have a good weekend.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thank you thumbi7 have a pleasant day.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Well done, all the info and poem too...and pictures. I love butterflies and this summer was the best in years for them. ^

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      Just beautiful and it is my favorite! I love butterflies. I have earrings that I wear when I need to go out and connect with people. The butterfly earrings help me to feel so confident.

      Thank you for sharing this profound work of art!

      Shared, tweet and up+++

      Shalom

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      I loved the parallels of the purpose of the human and the butterfly. Awesome!

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      Dave 3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      What can I say that has not already been said about this beautifully written story enhanced by beautiful pictures. Well done. as you know my writings on hub pages are all about nature in all its forms and this one of yours as touched all my natural senses. Beautiful and voted up, and tweeted

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      JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

      Your hub is beautiful and colorful

      I enjoyed your write-up

      Thanks for sharing

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AliciaC I like to try different avenues of writing thank you for sharing your kind words here.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Denise Handlon Thank you for all votes so kind of you to come by and share your wonderful thoughts.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi tillsontitan Thank you for vote up, useful and interesting, I appreciate you coming by here your comments are always helpful

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Good Day FlourishAnyway, thank you for taking the time and sharing your thoughts at my hubs I am so glad you came by .

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You have created a lovely butterfly story, Devika! Thank you very much for sharing it.

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      DDE I love this hub and its photos of butterflies so much! I have always had a special love for butterflies and you've offered many interesting facts that are useful Thanks. :) UP/and across and shared.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Most people are butterfly fans at heart and you've certainly touched the heart in this hub. They are such beautiful creatures, so delicate and colorful. Well done DD.

      Voted up, useful, and beautiful.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I love the ideas of struggling with a purpose and living your short life fully. Lives are always too short, aren't they? Beautiful images as well. Sharing this gem.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Elias Zanetti thank you for the vote up and for sharing your views here

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      Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Way to go DDE, very lovely hub!!

      Voted up!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      tobusiness you are too kind always coming by at my hubs and sharing your helpful comments thank you very much

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Mike Robbers thank you for sharing such a delightful comment on my hub A Special Butterfly Story I truly appreciate your comments

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Mike Robbers thank you for sharing such a delightful comment on my hub A Special Butterfly Story I truly appreciate your comments

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      Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

      Even the word beauty isn't enough to describe this hub... The whole presentation along with the fantastic pictures is indescribably beautiful.My congratulations DDE!!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Devika, simply beautiful!..As a child, I loved it when suddenly after a heavy down pour the sun would come out and the garden would be teeming with pretty butterflies. Almost as if they appeared by magic, ephemeral beings from another dimension.

      Loved this, well done. :)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello R.Q. so kind of you to comment on my hub about he butterfly story thank you and I appreciate you coming by.

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Hi DDE,

      A great Hub with lots of useful information about one of nature's wondrous beauties; your pictures are really pleasant. Thank you, and enjoy a lovely day.

      R.Q.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Good Morning Faith Reaper, thank you for the vote up and sharing so kind of you to come by and share your views on this hub.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi sallybea thank ou fro sharing your comment on butterflies I too enjoyed seeing them around this year I look forward to reading more hubs from you.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Jamie so kind you to share your views on this hub I appreciate you coming by. Thank you.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      epbooks butterflies are so beautiful and I had the opportunity to observe them around the garden was amazing, thank you for sharing your comments on my hubs.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi kidscrafts so glad you came by here, thank you for the vote up, beautiful, interesting, useful, and awesome. You are one of my great supporters take care now.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello Shyron E Shenko thanks for hte vote up,B.I, and shared so glad you came by.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi billybuc thank you very much

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi CraftytotheCore thank you for the encouraging comment I had this hub for a while and finally had to let go of it. I appreciate your comments

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Devika,

      This is indeed a special butterfly story! I love it. It is so beautifully written and has a powerful message too. Love all the imagery.

      Butterflies are so beautiful and delicate.

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      DDE - my eyes just lit when I saw the word Butterfly - lots of useful information and lots of lovely butterflies. Thee were amazing this year and the Buddleia Bushes were alive with Butterflies. It really was a delight to see and so was this Hub.

      Sally

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      This is a beautifully done hub. Thank you. Jamie

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      This was so nice. I love butterflies- last year we had so many of them, but I've never seen the blue ones before. Beautiful hub!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      The cycle of butterflies is just incredible when you think about it!

      One year I had a student who brought a container with 2 chrysalises and she told me that one of the chrysalises would give a butterfly on that day. She kept the container in front of her and as soon as the chrysalis was starting to break, all the students and I were around watching this event unfold. That was the best science lesson I could ever give! I found that I was quite lucky to witness the birth of a butterfly and to have share it with my students!

      Thank you for sharing this beautiful hub, Devika! Great pictures as well!

      Definitely voted up, useful, interesting, beautiful and awesome!

      Have a great day!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      My Special Butterfly Story, These are some of my favorite things. Who does not love Butterflys?

      voted up, B,I, and shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love butterflies....love them....love stories about them...love information about them. Well done DDE; I agree with Crafty...this is my favorite of yours.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      DDE, this one is one of my favorites of your Hubs! I love it! I love the photos. I love the writing. It's fantastic. My favorite part is this, "every person struggles with a purpose." Oh, just breathtaking!