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Butterflies in the Summer
Follow the butterflies of different species at the Butterfly Farm in the Virgin Islands.
Variations of Butterflies
Butterfly Summer Adventures in the Beautiful United States Virgin Islands
On a spring morning out at sea. The captain was steering her ship when a colony of thousands butterflies landed on the rig of the ship. Then a large Butterfly landed on the captain's right shoulder.
Captain: Hello there butterfly
(The Captain gently held and placed the butterfly on her palms.)
Captain: Did you just answered me back hello?
(The captain looked directly at the butterfly with a curious expression on her face.)
Butterfly: Yes, I did.
(The captain was intrigued the butterfly spoke.)
Captain: Why you have gathered on my ship?
(The butterfly flapped his wings and flew on the captain's nose and then landed on her right shoulder.
Butterfly: "Let me tell you why.
You see captain this is the reason why, we love to eat milkweeds. There is plenty milkweeds in the direction your heading and we are hitching a ride with you so we can get there quicker and its least tiring, besides there is a honey sweet butterfly I've been having my eyes on. Later I'm about to mate with her, so when we reach to our destination, she will lay some eggs on those milkweeds.
Captain: So, why milkweeds?
Butterfly: Well the milkweed is our defense mechanism from preditors who try to eat us, its also where we lay our eggs and a food source for us.
Butterfly: Yes, Defense! Our white and black coloration with yellow spots on our wings and body is a warning to predators. The milkweed has poisonous defenses any predictor that try to eat us will taste a bitter bite that will cause dreadful vomiting if predictors eat a butterfly or a caterpillar.
Captain: What kind of butterfly are you?
Butterfly: I'm a Monarch Butterfly.
Genus & Species: Danaus Plexippus
Related Species: African Monarch
(Then the captain held the butterfly went down to his cabin office. There she place the butterfly under the microscope.)
Captain: "I'm going to check you closer. You have two pairs of wings, six legs and your body has separated sections. Head, two antennas, thorax and abdomen. Your wings are overlapping each other. Your wings has very tiny scales. Let me measure your wings! Your wings are 3 inches, body length 1 inch. What is your life span?
Butterfly: 3-4 weeks in the summers and 7-8 months in the winter.
Captain: When is your developing time as a caterpillar?
Butterfly: 3-4 weeks and our hatching time are 3-4 days.
Captain: So, where do your species of butterflies migrates?
Butterfly: We have about 5 generation of species that migrate in the Agentina, Hawaii, Fiji, Marquesas, Molaccas, Indonesia, Australia, Newzealand, Azores, we go as far as North America, Mexico, California, we can cover over 80 miles per day with thousands of butterflies. We are recorded as the largest migration over a period of time and the longest travel of 3,000 miles.
Captain: "Wow, your species has elaborate display!
(The captain took a closer look in the microscope of the butterfly colors on its wings and body.)
Butterfly: Yes, it's time for me to go and mate with my honey sweet butterfly, I can feel her sensors and mechanism are attracting me to mate.
(The captain held the butterfly on her palms and walked up to the ship deck and watched the butterfly flew off and onto the rig of the ship. Then the captain went into his office library, reed more about butterflies till she fell alseep. The next morning the butterfly flew on the captains forehead while she was sound asleep.)
Butterfly: Hello captain! (softly spoken). Wake up, I will like you to meet my honey sweet butterfly. I told her about you. (The captain slowly opened her eyes, prompted her pillow up against the bed board as she sits up with the pillows behind her, leaning back comfortable with the covers pulled over her.)
Captain: So, wow this is your mate?
(The captain looks at the female butterfly with her elegant display on her wings and body, she held gentle placed in the butterflies on palms of her hands.)
Captain: She is beautiful!
(The both butterflies landed on the captains coffee cup.)
Butterfly: What's that smell?
Captain: It's cappuccino, it's not nectar.
Butterfly: Yes I know it's not nectar, I get my nectar from flowers. The milkweed blooms a lot of flowers.
Captain: It's about two hours away till the milkweeds! (The captain has this look on her face, these butterflies are on my coffee cup after a long night of mating, its time to go!)
Butterfly: Some of the butterflies already flew ahead to the milkweeds. We came to tell you thank you for the journey. Is there anything else you will like to know before we head off flying too?
Captain: I did some reading yesterday and there are four stages of a butterfly life cycle. Can you tell me more about it?
Butterfly: Would you like to do the honors my honey sweet butterfly and explain how the life cycle stages are?
Captain: Wait there, before you begin. What are your names?
Butterfly: My name is Monarch and my sweet honey name is Nectary.
Captain: Nice to meet you both, my name is Captain Dag.
(Nectary begins explaining the segments in a butterfly's lifecycle which are;
Nectary: I'm about to lay eggs on the milkweed leaves which will develop into a caterpillar in 3-4 weeks. The caterpillars will eat the milkweed leaves during the lifecycle as a caterpillar. Then goes into a pupa resting stage of body tissues emerged into a sac called Chrysalis for 3-4 weeks. The next stage will be the adult (imago) that hatches in 3-4 days as a butterfly.)
Captain: Nice! Thank you both for sharing your journey on my ship. Have a lovely lifespan and enjoy your milkweeds.
Monarch: Thanks Captain Dag for allowing us to use your rig and taken us to our destination.
(Nectary flew up above the captains head and danced around gliding and flapping her wings gracefully. Then Monarch joined her side, did a twirling dance, kissed and flew up and out, saying thank you to the captain once again. The captain waved goodbye.)