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Early Morning Risers … dawn blankets the sky with apricot color as I trip, literally, down the steps to our little laundry room. Half asleep, I glance at the floor before I step in and there is a black blob. Catching my foot an instant before it lands on the blob, I lean over, bleary-eyed, and perceive a butterfly? a moth? some creature?  I rush in and wake D.L. who repeats my stumble down the steps and growls “What? What is it?” He stares in astonishment as I wave him back. “Don’t scare it … I want to take a photo of it.”

After a moment he says “But … But … it is dead!” Checking up close we touch the moth and it is dead so we pick it up and take it inside where I find a photo of the Black Witch Moth on the internet. There it says it is the largest moth north of Mexico at 5 to 6 inches. It is often mistaken for a bat.

One site says the Mayans called it Mah-Ha-Na which means “May I borrow your house” since they frequent indoor places. It is also considered a harbinger of death in Caribbean and South American folklore. Regardless, it is a lovely treasure and a remarkable start to our morning.

ENJOY !!

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or … Butterfly Calligraphy … or Butterflies and Symbols …

The Language of Butterflies I

The Language of Butterflies I

There are several butterflies with names suggesting symbols we are all familiar with. There is the “comma” butterfly and the “question mark” butterfly, the “twin spot” and the “sickle-winged”, the “crazy eight” and the “red-disked”.  Many have eye-spots intended to deceive their predators.   My first painting was an attempt to assemble some of the common symbols and show them on butterflies.

Butterflies II by Mary P Williams

Butterflies II by Mary P Williams

The second was more specific … the patterns seem like graceful, spontaneous writing … if only we could read the messages!!

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