Butterflies are Awesome

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I can remember eating a few when I was a kid, they don’t taste so bad but they do wiggle and pop, not recommended for the family salad. Caterpillars are easier to catch, don’t hurt them and always remember that they will defecate on you, best to leave them on those green leaves. One day they will make a cocoon and become a butterfly and butterflies are awesome.

I can’t remember or have even heard of a person say that they hated butterflies and who would?

A winged fairy of beauty that lives for a few short months, that travels incessantly from flower-to-flower pollinating as it goes. Each with distinctive color patterns not unlike our fingerprints, some with a wingspan of 30cm like the Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing that now faces extinction and others as small as the Western Pygmy Blue Butterfly with a wingspan of only 1.3 centimeters. That tiny butterfly, no bigger than your pinky nail has somehow managed to travel all over the world, it was probably hitching a ride.

Long distance migration is no stranger to the butterfly, many species regularly travel hundreds and thousands of miles like the Painted Lady who can travel 12’000–14’000 km round trip. Some of that flying 2’500 miles non-stop, give that a go. I can pull off twenty miles with breaks, they go 2’500 regularly and they aren’t any bigger than the palm of your hand.

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Butterflies are awesome but they don’t live very long, only a couple of weeks to a year, so if you see one, just let it be. Their biggest threat, that’s us, between the destruction of their natural habitat to pesticides and herbicides, we cause more of their deaths than any natural predator ever could. It is most sad that this is a common truth, that we all know this and that we simply continue onward. Will we go so far as to create the dystopian wasteland that we seem so hell bent on living in?

Butterflies are awesome, just let them be.

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Poet, writer, sometime artist, dabbler, wonderer and wanderer and often lost; it is where you find the best stories. https://ko-fi.com/johnpsmcleish

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John P. S. McLeish

John P. S. McLeish

Poet, writer, sometime artist, dabbler, wonderer and wanderer and often lost; it is where you find the best stories. https://ko-fi.com/johnpsmcleish

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