I’ve always loved butterflies with their symbolism of freedom, hope and rebirth. They are such beautiful creatures who seem so fragile with their paper thin wings and delicate bodies. Butterflies are deceiving in their fragility as they are so tough, able to endure the elements and able to fly huge distances.
It amazes me that the fragile-looking monarchs fly all the way from Mexico to Canada each spring. I don’t see as many monarchs as I used to when I was a kid and that makes me sad. I did see one this summer on a bike ride around the farms where I live and I took lots of photos of it to commemorate the day. I loved one photo so much I've been making cards of it and have it up on Zazzle as poster and a card.
It’s incredible to think of the transformation butterflies go through in their life stages from a pupae to a caterpillar, to the cocoon and then the metamorphic transformation to a butterfly.
Imagine my delight to hear about the special Butterfly Exhibit at the Nesbitt Biology Building at Carleton University this week.
Monday morning my son and I ventured over to have our special time with the butterflies.
When we arrived, a long line snaked out the door with everyone from babies to seniors waiting their turn to interact with the butterflies.
Finally it was our turn to crowd into the hot humid greenhouse crammed with tropical plants, flowers and butterflies!
Instead of being awkward and claustrophobic among strangers, there was a happy family feeling as everyone took photos of each other’s butterflies. We smiled and laughed as we passed around our butterflies that were drinking from the orange wedges.
Some like the giant Owl butterflies weren’t shy at all and landed on people’s shoulders, much to everyone’s delight.
It was such a simple and magical time interacting with those butterflies. My son and I enjoyed our experience so much and came away feeling calm and rejuvenated. We look forward to going back again.