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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A Magical Discovery

My daughter and I were walking in the woods behind our home when we happened upon seven zebra longwing butterflies hanging from an oak branch. They were folded up flat and blended in so well that it is amazing that she saw them. It was a dreary day and the woods were dark from the thick canopy, and they seemed to be napping. At first we thought they had just hatched from their cocoons, but we couldn't find any remnants of them.

We startled them and they began to flutter all around us. I tried to snap a photo of them but it was impossible to see them in flight, so I settled for the one below as he settled back on the oak limb. We were totally delighted with our magical discovery.


Meems said...

Susan: what an exciting adventure for you AND your daughter. I thrill at the sight of butterflies... you'd think I'd never seen them. We have loads of them and I get all giddy to watch them flutter about. I would double thrill if I saw so many zebras as you did all at once. :-)

Susan said...

Meems...It was very exciting. We've actually seen them there twice now. I wonder what draws them to this particular tree/branch???.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What an incredible sight!! It made my heart go pitty patter just reading about your experience. Magical indeed.

Christy said...

What a wonderful surprise!

Susan said...

Lisa and Christy...it's an ordinary event that a person rarely sees. We just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Lucky for us!

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