Butterflies - there is a certain magical quality about them. Their large wings, the lightness of their fluttering, the array of colours and designs all seem to contribute to the illusion that surrounds them. They demonstrate their magic from Disney movies and characters to the Day of the Dead celebrations timed with the mass migration of monarchs.
For a gardener, the pesky white butterfly is seen as a pest as their hordes of offspring munch through the unprotected offerings. The view from my kitchen window displays the remains of broccoli and cauliflower that have tried valiantly to withstand the onslaught of these little beggars (including the birds).
It was my own fault of course and I had plenty of time and opportunity to cover the plants. However, for some odd reason I chose not to. The sight of these butterflies moving around this small garden was somewhat mesmerising and so I just let them have their way. I had plenty of other produce so I wasn’t too concerned. But now I’m planning my winter garden so I will take more care with that.
Now, I hadn’t planned on writing anything about butterflies and then a friend of mine, Sue, sent through a couple of pictures of her little monarchs. Then I received a couple of short videos from her. I thought about this for a while and came to the conclusion I could do a short piece on the subject. After all, I have a number of friends who plant their swan plants in anticipation of raising monarchs.
So I mentioned this idea to Sue. I was expecting to receive a few more of her pictures and possibly a couple more videos. However, it turned out that the folders of pictures and videos were a kin to the masses that decimated my plants. Five folders of files downloaded from dropbox sort of left me scratching my head as to how I should present this.
So, with that in mind, I decided to share it all so you are now suitably forewarned. There were more than 40 hatchings and each was documented. From this point on, I will simply let Sue’s pictures and videos tell her story.
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