Butterflies are such captivating creatures. Flashes of colour from beautiful wings that beat rapidly yet make no sound or vibration that we can hear or feel. A life cycle that involves a metamorphisis of such magical change that it leaves children and adults alike enchanted. Their brief lifetimes that serve to remind us, should we contemplate it, of the shortness and impermanence of our own lives.
The butterfly counts not months, but moments, and has time enough.
This Spring, we have had many beautiful butterflies visiting our garden. From large-winged Orchard Swallowtails coming to lay their eggs on our Mandarin tree to pesky Cabbage Whites stopping in at the last of the kale. And yesterday, these two sweet little butterflies flittered and fluttered here for a while and stopped, just long enough, for me to take their photographs (after cheekily flying away again and again whenever I approached with my camera).
A pretty butterfly among pretty pink blossoms.
A resting butterfly on the leaves of lettuce.
Matching my photographs to the much more professional ones of Densey Clyne, in our favourite butterfly book, Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden, we found out that these two winged beauties are the Caper White (Belonois java teutonia) and the Meadow Argus (Junonia villida) respectively.
A useful and informative book filled with clear photos and profiles of many butterflies.
We have found that books like these, with clear photographs and easy-to-understand profiles, have been perfect for sharing with our boy and for learning more together about many of the amazing creatures that visit our garden or call it home.
Out in the garden, in the early morning sun of yesterday, it was lovely to be in the company of butterflies.