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Monday, August 11, 2014

Torn and Broken . . .

 
I went out to walk Snickers a few days ago
and noticed something black in the grass. 
I thought it was the top of one of our sprinkler heads.
 
 
As I walked over to take a look
I noticed it was a butterfly.
It wasn't moving and as I reached out to touch it
I realized one of its wings was broken.
 
 
I picked up the butterfly and took it over to one of my containers of flowers,
placed it in amongst the green leaves and took some pictures.
 
Black and white on the upper side
with similar markings on the underside and also a bit of orange.
 
 
I checked out the markings on a Safari site and also
sent a message to Eileen who helped me identify it as a 
Black Swallowtail Butterfly.
 
Reading further I found the Swallowtail favors Queen Anne Lace
and right now we have many of these flowers on our roadside banks.
 
I couldn't just throw the butterfly away.
I have it inside sitting near the window with some flowers.
 
I am feeling torn . . . like a broken wing.
Stunningly beautiful, not sure what I should do . . . any ideas? 
 
 
  
  
'till next time,
Love, Lynne



12 comments:

Love and Shenanigans said...

I don't know of anything that can be done for a butterfly with a broken wing. I would let nature take it's course....sad...

Rose said...

Not sure what I would do with it...they are beautiful.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Poor beautiful butterfly!

eileeninmd said...

Lynne, it is sad to see the beautiful butterfly hurt.. Your photos are lovely!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Broken but still beautiful...

Buttons said...

Oh it is so beautiful, I have no idea I am sure someone will have an idea. Hug B

TexWisGirl said...

poor thing. i agree, let nature take its course.

Kerin said...

It's a beautiful butterfly.
I'm not sure if anything can be done for it, either.

K.

Missy George said...

I am not going to be much help. I thought that was a swallowtail. I have a rubberstamp of a swallowtail. He's beautiful. Good pictures.

bj said...

Such a shame.
Don't know if this will help or not..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah0SBALIc0o

Sarah Huizenga said...

So sad, but so wonderful that you cared.

PlantPostings said...

I agree with the others to let it go in the garden--maybe in a bed of its favorite flowers. Perhaps it's not too late for it to lay an egg ...?