Here in Columbus, Ohio at the Franklin Park Conservatory it’s once again time for the annual Blooms & Butterflies event. It’s a beautiful event that I have attended ever since moving here and I now go visit butterfly exhibits wherever I travel.
This year there were the old favorites, like the Morpho, and some new ones like this Emerald Swallowtail butterfly; I love it when I get to see a species I’ve not seen before. It’s also when parents bring their little ones to see them which results in things like children crying and screaming from a butterfly fluttering near them to children (and some adults even) reaching out to try and touch a butterfly.
They are extremely fragile creatures and are there to experience not to try and touch no matter how much we seem to instinctively want to. If they land on you then that’s wonderful; I love it when it happens to me. If one of the staff (when doing educational programs or on release days) puts one on your finger, then that’s great too.
After taking this photo of a child proudly and ecstatically holding this swallowtail as gently as they were trying to, some time later I saw it sitting motionless on some leaves. I feared it may have been traumatized from being held for too long; I hoped it was just tired.
It’s wonderful to love nature… just not too much.
Beautiful butterfly. Poor thing.
I’ve never seen a green Swallowtail. Thanks for showing. 🙂
Thanks. I hadn’t either until this day. I think they come originally from Malaysia.
I saw some [https://wp.me/p107Dr-10g] years ago in the Big Bend area.
may nature continue
loving humanity 🙂
And each be kind and respect the other!
So beautiful…and delicate.
Children scared of butterflies – I’ve seen that before. I makes me smile. 🙂
I’m hoping that butterfly was OK after that experience. It doesn’t sound like that child was rough with it.
While the littles squeal from fear of them I close my eyes and try to hear them. The child was very gentle with Emerald but was holding it in a manner that it couldn’t move it’s wings.
In that case, I hope the butterfly recovered.
I hope so too because there was already one dead one that someone had placed on a leaf.