Friday, April 13, 2012
A small tragedy.
See it? Hanging onto the leaf? A butterfly wreck. And here’s part of a wing. Bird strike I think.
What makes you blame a bird?
Cats can’t climb up there. My hypothesis is that the butterfly was feeding on the flowers, and a bird swooped, but didn’t like the taste. Monarch caterpillars eat milkweed, very alkali. Predators don’t like the taste.
Didn’t help that one.
No, the attacker didn’t like the taste, spat him out, but by that time the damage had been done. Death of a butterfly.
A small tragedy in nature. Pity the butterfly was mistaken for food. A death in vain. Needless. Not easy persuading everyone that the decline in beautiful species is bad for the planet.
Some butterflies escape with only damaged wings. These can be repaired. There is an instructive video showing how to repair monarch butterfly wings at live monarch.
Not everyone feels butterflies are inconsequential fluttering ephemera. Some attach symbolic significance to them. Others regard them as important scientific phenomena.
Long live monarchs! Butterflies that is!