May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.An Irish blessing
Butterflies are delicately beautiful. Their colours brighten our gardens, our parks and our wilder spaces. They live for only a few days, yet in that time they pollinate our flowers and lift our spirits.
The almost magical metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly led to them being regarded in many cultures as symbols of transformation, freedom, and rebirth. And what can be more transformational than this: Chaos theory tells us that something as tiny as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can have a ripple effect that ultimately leads to a typhoon halfway around the world.
More poetically, these fluttering wings mean that butterflies have been seen as ethereal or heavenly messengers, heralds of good fortune and happiness. The Siksika (Blackfoot) Native Americans believe butterflies bring dreams and inspiration, while the Ancient Greeks gave them the same name as the soul, psyche.
For Denzil’s Nature Challenge this week I bring you a selection of butterflies from around the world. I’ve named those I know but otherwise deliberately not researched and identified the species. This may be a nature challenge, but today I’d rather simply immerse myself in their beauty rather than play the amateur scientist!
Some have appeared before but I’ve tried to mix it up a bit and at least show you different shots of the same butterfly!
Butterflies are but flowers that blew away one sunny day when Nature was feeling at her most inventive and fertile.George Sand
Baronet butterfly seen on our jeep safari in Bardia NP, Nepal
[the same butterfly is showing an interest in our picnic in my feature photo!]
Common grass yellow, Tiger Tops Karnali, Bardia NP, Nepal
At a roadside restaurant by a lake in Nepal
Tithorea in the butterfly dome, Selvatura Park, near Monteverde, Costa Rica
[there are more photos from here in my earlier post about Selvatura]
Monarch butterfly, also in the Selvatura butterfly dome
In the nature reserve at Lagarta Lodge, Costa Rica
Blue Morph in Belize
Butterfly on bougainvillea near Cayena Beach Villas, Colombia
This is a different shot of the same butterfly we spotted on the beach walk I described very recently
Junonia orithya or Blue Pansy, in Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
This one I did research as it’s so striking!
Spotted on a wall at the West Sea Barrage in Nampo, North Korea
(the barrage is the pride of North Korean engineering!)
Flitting around the courtyard of the Quiet American Bar in Hoi An, Vietnam
Red Admiral on white buddleia in Norfolk, England