The Elusive Butterfly
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
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.