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Rest little Butterfly

Updated on December 21, 2016

Tiny little butterfly

Resting on my knee

I saw that magpie chase you

Before you flew to me

So pleased he did not eat you

That i did not wish to see

Your beauty would be sadly missed

Spread those wings - be free

(C)Copyright, Tammy Crossman, 2011-2016

From the Author

In Australia, we have a wide variety of butterflies. Over 400 different species in fact. We are lucky to have the largest butterflies throughout the world, in the Australasian ecological zone. That zone consists of - Papua, Papua new guinea, New Guinea, as well as - Maluku, North Maluku, Timor and surrounding islands.

A few pacific island groups, make up this zone - New Zealand, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Bismarck Archipelago.

The biggest of all the species in the Australasian zone, is the "Cairns Bird wing" Butterfly. The "bird wing" belongs to a group of butterflies called, "Swallowtails".

In my poem, i spoke about a Magpie. You can find Magpies everywhere throughout Australia. The Australian magpie is slightly different, to the European magpie. They can be quite a troublesome bird at times, especially during breeding season and are a major predator of butterflies. Many Australian children walk to school, with their school bag held above their head. Magpies will swoop down during breeding season and have caused major eye injuries, in both adults and children.

This has become part of the Aussie way of life though. Children find it quite funny to play dodge the magpies. With bags held high above their heads, they will run directly in to the line of fire. It was always a conversation piece at school, to find out who was swooped upon that morning lol.

These beautiful creatures we call butterflies, are often taken for granted. They could fly right past and most of the time, they will go unnoticed. We are so busy going about our daily business, we forget about the wonderful things in life - like nature. Such beauty, grace and colour. One view of a butterfly could turn your whole day around!

(C)Copyright, Tammy Crossman, 2011-2016


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      skellie 7 years ago from Adelaide

      Thanks d.william - I love them, such an array of different colours. Nature at it's best :)

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      d.william 7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Nice hub, lovely poem. And my second favorite insect (after the ladybug of course).

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      skellie 7 years ago from Adelaide

      Thankyou tumblintumblweed. Mapies are everywhere in Australia. They are cute, funny and can also be quite nasty.

      Cheers for the vote :)

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      tumblintumblweed 7 years ago

      Beautiful......very informative also..I too,never heard about the magpies...voted up!

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      skellie 7 years ago from Adelaide

      Thankyou Dim Flaxenwick and dallaswriter. I was sitting outside and a little butterfly inspired me :D

      Walt mate, lovely to hear from you. Yes Daughters are great for keeping you grounded, mine does the same. You have inspired me also, my hubber friend. I have written a poem for you and will post it on Sunday some time. For the first time in ages, i am going to get a sleep in :D

      Cheers everyone, Skellie :)

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      dallaswriter 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Voted up and beautiful! Freedom, freedom, love, in your finances, choices, life... well done!

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      Walt Smith 7 years ago

      Beautiful as always,I do enjoy seeing the world through your eyes. My daughter (11) has that "rose colored" view of things as you do, and you both keep me grounded. You guys remind me that there are a great many things left in this ol' world to keep fighting for...Awesome, beautiful and up, up & away...W

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      Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Beautiful hub Thank you.

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      skellie 7 years ago from Adelaide

      Thanks bella, i had fun writing this one. Looking at all the beautiful butterfly pictures.

      Skellie :D

      Hi WillStarr, Yes magpies are a real pest at times but is part of the Australian way of life. I think we would all miss them, if they were not there.

      Cheers Skellie

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      WillStarr 7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I'd never heard about your magpies!

      Very informative Hub.

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      Erica Sanchez 7 years ago from California

      Very nice poem and very informational text attached!!

      Thanks for sharing

      smiles :)



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