Friday, May 16, 2008

Our very own Swallowtail Butterfly

I really didn't think it was possible, to have a butterfly grow from a tiny caterpillar to a full blown Swallowtail butterfly inside Tupperware. Isn't Tupperware made for those 1950's moms that love to keep leftovers for as long as possible, you know just in case? My daughter T was given a Swallowtail caterpillar by our good friend Carol (thanks Carol!). T was given the mission... a mission impossible, but she accepted the mission with fearless belief that it is possible to be Mother Nature and that the real Mother Nature wouldn't get pissed and not allow such an event to take place. At around 10 p.m. T heard fluttering in her room, it was coming from the Tupperware. T began screaming "it hatched" or something like that, and Paul and I went to see the miracle that is life. This meant that T had accomplished her mission. We awed at it's magnificent wings and the bright colors, colors that even Paul could see (color blindness you know). I decided to put this wonderful event as a post since at the very moment that T yelled out that we had lift off, I was sketching a wing into my sketchbook. I had also told Paul this morning how I can make tiny wings to go with a piece that I had in my head, butterfly wings, maybe. Now who exactly is mother nature? I think it's all of us. In our own small way we all effect the environment everyday. 

We let  the butterfly lose in the back yard near the calamondin tree, since we had noticed that for some strange reason butterflies love that tree. He/she was gorgeous, thanks Mother Nature and Carol for the privilege of seeing such beauty up close.


Blogger paul said...

This is from T, it was the last one left of all fourteen caterpillars!!!! : ) kwel huh? i think it was! i hope to see the butterfly flying around free in our beautaful back yard one day and mabye lay egg, and start all over again!!!!! well i got to go.......... ps.this is T not paul even tho it is signed in as paul........ : )

May 17, 2008 at 5:25 AM  
Blogger Miranda said...

That is a wonderful story about the butterfly. It must be a hard life for a caterpillar in the wild, with so many foreign ant species. I'm glad to know this one survived. Good job.

May 18, 2008 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Bee's Hive said...

Hi Miranda, thanks for the comment. T did an amazing job. She would put fresh branches with plenty of leaves so the little guy could eat. She watched the process like a hawk. It was fun for me to watch her be Mother Nature. : )

May 18, 2008 at 6:31 PM  

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