Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
This morning, I had a craving for a specialty coffee. I quickly ordered the Americano on the app on my phone. When I was in the garage, getting ready to get in the car, I saw a beautiful butterfly. She looked like she was stuck in the window pane. My little blow of breath on her wings confirmed she was still alive. A stick was close by. I gently nudged her and tried to get her to climb on board.
“Come on little butterfly, climb on the stick,” I said. “I won’t hurt you. I won’t try to hurt you,” I corrected myself. I talked in that high pitched voice that only butterflies appreciate! After a few minutes, she went on the stick. She seemed a little dazed. I wondered if she was exhausted from trying to get through the screen or possibly I woke her from a nap. She held on tight, as I took her outside and set her and the stick with the potted geraniums.
Off I went to pick up my mobile order. When I got home, the butterfly was still sitting with the geraniums. The sun was shining on her open wings. I hoped she wasn’t getting too warm, but then I thought the sun would do her some good. I went over to our little patch of milkweed and wondered if she would like some. The leaves were so big, I didn’t want to take any part of it away. Besides, it’s caterpillars that feast on those. It’d be better if she tried to find her own food, I decided. I traipsed back to the butterfly, and my shadow must have given her a fright. Maybe she waited for me to show me how she could fly. Up and up she went and floated away on a breeze.
It must be a lucky day, when a person befriends a butterfly. I hope she gets some good nectar.
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. ~ Irish Blessing
What a sweet story. Butterflies are so special.
They are special. There was a summer when I didn’t see any. That was sad. Thanks for visiting!