Flying Now

Limenitis arthemisThere are moments when the beauty of the world takes your breath away. Limenitis arthemisLike, for instance, when a Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis) spreads its wings in a patch of sunlight, opening and closing them in quick succession — as if were silently clapping — and flashing this incredible blue iridescence. And then you remember why you are living.

Come on, butterfly —
it’s late and we’ve leagues to go
with each other still.

~ Bashō
(my synthesis of several translations)

6 Responses to “Flying Now”


  1. 1 Tom Bland August 16, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Yes, we’re looking forward to releasing the butterfly we’ve been raising in 10 days or so – think it’ll be a bittersweet moment though!

  2. 4 Gillian August 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Would love to see one of these…we only get the “White Admirals” here in Ottawa. The Red-spotted Purple is beautiful on both sides of its wings!

    • 5 mthew August 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      Certainly is odd that they are considered the same species, isn’t it? I would like to see a White Admiral and an intergrade between the two.

      • 6 Gillian August 18, 2013 at 7:20 am

        I think they have all three species in southern Ontario. I usually don’t go there in the summer (just in the spring for migration at Point Pelee), but I may have to reconsider given all the neat bugs they have there!

        Re: being the same species, I guess it’s no different than us Homo sapiens coming in all different colours!


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