summer heat
the painted lady drinks
from my palm


the wink
of a tiny blue butterfly —
yellow grass


one hundred and twenty kilometres per hour — white  butterflies


a spine divides
into a butterfly


for so long on the old stump
wings filling


into the air!
the butterfly’s
first flight


When we were bringing up a foundling magpie a few years back, we were outside a lot and studying magpies. We (as surrogate parents) and the other magpie parents in the vicinity, were really pleased that in spring, when you need them most, butterflies are caterpillars: legless, wingless and slow! They grow at the same rate as the beak of the bird.

Ain’t Nature grand?

Carpe Diem #498, butterfly

When I was a child learning to talk, I used to call butterflies ‘flutterbys’.


41 thoughts on “flutterbys

        1. Funny. Perhaps everyone is best at remembering what engages them. This is likely why students given the freedom to choose education ocntent do so well. They’re engaged.

          This would be good for teachers to keep in mind.

        2. The same here. Standardized curriculum, standardized tests, standardized benchmarks produce standardized results. I shall keep the rest of my standardized education rant to myself tonight 😉

  1. Wonderfully penned series of butterfly haiku and love your childhood name for them ~ flutterbys ~ they do that don’t they ~ thanks, xoxo ~ Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

  2. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/butterfly?s=t
    There are some interesting interpretations in the word origin and in other sections of this post as to how the word came to be.

    Somehow though I remember reading that the insect was first called a flutterby because that is what it did! Maybe though that is an urban myth?

    I went to a butterfly sanctuary a few years back and have a deck of playing cards that showcases 52 different butterflies. Some though are moths. There is a difference but I don’t remember it exactly.

    I like thinking that there are messages hidden in natural patterns 🙂

    Thanks for your visit.

  3. WOW! What a nice series on butterflies Belinda, I like that word you used as a child ”flutterbys” … very nice thought to mention the butterfly after its fluttering wings. Awesome!

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