Slice of Life Story March 8 - A Painted Lady In Our Garden
Welcome Painted Lady‘Come outside, I’ve got something to show you that you’ll like,’ said Vicki. ‘Meet me near the back gate.’ Ever curious I respond immediately. I get up from the computer and walk to the designated area to meet her.
She then gestures to a lime tree we have growing in a tub near the gate. There, clinging to a new green stem on the lime tree is a butterfly. Vicki is well aware of my long held fascination with butterflies. She smiles, happy to share this discovery.
‘What kind of butterfly is it? She asks. ‘It’s a Painted Lady.’ I tell her. ‘They’re common in this coastal area.’
The brightness of her colours are a give-away. I am thrilled at this morning discovery. I rush back inside to get my camera. This is a moment worth capturing. For me it is such a joy when these visitors come calling.
When I return the butterfly is still on the lime tree, gently opening and closing her brilliantly coloured wings. When a Painted Lady Butterfly spreads her wings in this fashion, it is not just so we can appreciate her obvious beauty, it’s also a defence mechanism. She is attempting to warn off potential predators. Her bright colours are a warning, particularly to neighbourhood birds, she might be poisonous.
I am pleased to see this particular butterfly in our garden. It is an indication that our garden environment is healthy. It means we must have the kind of nectar giving plants she needs to feed upon.
Small moments in a day. Special moments to share and celebrate. Stay as long as you wish Painted Lady. You are welcome any time.