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The Elusive Butterfly

Updated on November 6, 2012

chasing butterflies

As a child, I recall many children who found it great fun to chase butterflies. Usually with a net on the end of a long pole, similar to a fishing net.

My reaction to this curious pastime,was always ¨What´s the point?´What does one do if and when a butterfly is caught?

A kitten will play with a ball of wool, fall over ,quickly return ,upright and carry on swiping at the ball of wool with its tiny paws.

A tiny ball of fluff himself having fun.So enjoyable and funny to watch.This I could understand, but catching a butterfly?

Surely there was no fun for the butterfly being caught in a net---- and as I´ve already mentioned ., I could n´t ´imagine ....´What happens next?´

Anything that flies, to my mind is the epitome of freedom.(That´s why, I expect I often fly in my dreams. Especially if I´m being chased. In my dream I run and run picking up speed until I take off and soar then glide away from the person pursuing me, who of course is NEVER able to fly to follow me)

So, back to the butterfly. Sometimes little boys would chase them for hours and not catch one in their net, while I simply enjoyed sitting on the grass------- watching a beautiful butterfly hover then land on a nearby flower.

I found it such an enjoyable experience to watch that I would sit as still as possible , so as not to frighten it away.

If the object of chasing a butterfly was to examine it closely , then I think I had the best end of the deal by sitting still. The butterfly came to me!! (Or at least a flower or plant near me)

Since I´ve grown up I still see them as some of the loveliest of the small creatures we are blessed to have around us.

Every creature has some purpose in life. The butterfly is no exception.

When it lands on a plant and sips the nectar from that plant, the butterfly is no parasite.It flies away satisfied with its´meal and goes on to pollinate other plants.

Natural habitats have become scarcer as our world around us changes..

No surprise there, then.! We always seem to be reading about endangered species, although I haven´t heard the word éndangered´when it comes to butterflies , but there has definitely been a decrease in their number..

So if, like me, you love butterflies you could try attracting them with a butterfly garden.

We don´t all have the space to have our own butterfly garden but for those who can and want to, there are some excellent websites to help you.

You´ll need to find out which type of butterfly is most common in your area. Then choose the type of plants that Will naturally draw butterflies to them.


Vegetable growers may find caterpillars a nuisance and try to get rid of them long before they become butterflies. Understandable, but some caterpillars eat harmful insects. So it´s not always cut and dried..Caterpillars ----BAD

Cabbages -----GOOD

Butterflies are a wonderful part of our ecosystem and I´m so happy when I see even one.! Happy that I´ve always sat still to observe , and was never energetic enough to join the boys with their nets trying to catch them.

The Elusive Butterfly Lyrics by Bob Lind and Robert Neal.

You might wake up some morning

To the sound of something moving past your window in the wind,

And if you´re quick enough to rise

You´ll catch the fleeting glance of someone´s fading shadow.

Out on the new horizon,

You may see the floating motion of a distant pair of wings.

And if the sleep has left your ears,

You might hear footsteps running through an open meadow.

Don´t be concerned, It will not harm you,

It´s only me pursuing something I´m not sure of

Across my dreams with nets of wonder

I chase the bright, elusive butterfly of love..


I would love to hear from anyone who remembers little boys (usually boys)chasing butterflies with nets.

red admiral butterfly


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  • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Hello Moonlake.

    What a beautiful name.!

    Thank you for reading my page and leaving a lovely comment.

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    moonlake 5 years ago from America

    I love butterflies, dragon flies, bees and most anything that flies. Wait I have to take that back there are a few things that fly that I hate. We have a milkweed garden so we get to see all kinds of beautiful butterflies. Voted uP!

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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    So true. Beautiful creatures. Thanks for commenting.

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    Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Butterflies are so graceful and beautiful. I hate to see them caught and destroyed. They are a beautiful piece of human nature.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you brandonfan. Good to see you here xx

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    brandonfan 7 years ago from Mid West

    I loved this! I think that there is a soft spot in any nature loving person's heart when it comes to butterflies. Beautiful writing Dim. :-)

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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    Lovely description..... aerial ballerinas.....

    thanks for flying by. x

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    Peg Cole 7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    Watching butterflies is awesome. They're like aerial ballerinas in sequined dresses.

    Enjoyable read. I have that flying dream too.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi D.A.L. Thank you for your comment. Glad you liked the hub.

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    Dave 7 years ago from Lancashire north west England

    Hi, glad this was the first of your hubs that I have visited really enjoyed it. Informative and well written, a pleasure to share it with you. Best wishes.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    What alovely comment. Thank you Joy, had no idea you made cards. take care

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    Joy56 7 years ago

    I love butterflies, my mum loved butterflies........ I make cards and include butterflys on them very often....... lovely, lovely hub..... will be back to catch up with more of your hubs.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks Tony.

    Always good to hear from you.

    love and peace.

    Dim x

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    Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

    I remember people catching butterflies and I agree that it seems a little pointless as they are so beautiful in flight. Had an uncle who made a scientific study of a particular family of butterflies and his collection was magnificent.

    Vladimir Nabokov, as I recall, was also a butterfly collector.

    Thanks for sharing

    Love and peace


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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    Ha Ha. Yes, blaise. If butterflies are in your stomach , your on your way to something exciting. Good to see you. love Dim x

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    Fehl Dungo 7 years ago from close to you...

    There's nothing more beautiful than to watch butterflies fly and if you're lucky, have them closer, even luckier if you've got them inside your stomach ;)

    Beautiful hub, Dim :)

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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    What a kind comment. It´s very encouraging. Thank you.

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    epigramman 7 years ago

    ....there is nothing elusive about your 'butterfly' - your writing is special and makes everything worthwhile!

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    Well., sometimes it seems ´love´is extinct!!! But I haven´t heard that song for years and it was gorgeous..Thanks for stopping by. see ya!!!

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    Micky Dee 7 years ago

    This is very pretty Dim. Thanks for putting the lyrics above. The "Illusive Butterfly of Love", indeed- extinct? Or just very rare? Thank you!

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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    nice to hear from yuou. hope the rain stops soon x

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    Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

    They're so beautiful, aren't they? I can see them from my window most days except when, like now, it's raining. And you're so right - they just make your spirits soar!

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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    so glad you´re having a good day. Looking forward to your next piece of work. love, Dim x

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    DoorMattnomore 7 years ago

    ha ha!! Justine is fine too. :) and @snglmom, I have a dragon fly tattoo also. congrats on your first. ;)

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi snglmom,

    Thank you for always reading my efforts. I agree with you about creation. It is awesome.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    getting used my ´new´life. reluctantly but as my sister in law says now that she is 79 yrs old ´every day above ground is a good day´ Bless her. x take care Keepin wanting to call you Justine, but Doormattnomore is so, so encouraging. xx

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    singlmomat52 7 years ago

    Beautiful hub!! I too agree anything with wings means freedom!! I recently got my first and only tattoo, it is a dragonfly. I chose it for its beauty and the freedom it represents. They say ' butterflies are free ', I say they are a glimpse of the absolute awesome beauty of The Creator. I am sending you a e-mail of unbelievably beautiful butterfiles. I know you will enjoy it. Thanks for a breath if fresh air this morning. God bless!! xxx

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    DoorMattnomore 7 years ago

    Today is a good day so far. Thank you. And I too, hope you are very well.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    Now that IS funny. Your little sister, only three.

    So good to hear from you. Hope you are well lol Dim

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    DoorMattnomore 7 years ago

    I didnt mean to click funny, I swear!! I hate the new buttons, I keep clicking the wrong one....sorry.

    I cried when I was little, my sister would chase buterflies, and often she did catch them. She would rub thier wings, and the soft powdery feathers would sparkle on her fingertips. She would let them go, she did not mean them harm, she was only three or so. But they were broken then. They would limp off to a nearby safe place, and I would never see them fly again. I always have preferred to sit and watch. They occasionaly will land on a still finger or toe. magic.


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