Delicate Treasures for Ailsa’s theme

For this week’s photo challenge, Ailsa has asked us to share a photo of something delicate. Whenever I see a butterfly, I marvel at its delicate and beautiful wings. When it emerges from its pupa, a butterfly’s delicate wings are wet and crumpled, and it has to wait for them to dry before it is able to fly. Although the wings are really delicate, they have be strong enough to support its weight during flight. If these fragile wings should become torn, they never repair themselves.


Many butterflies are very brightly coloured, and I read that in nature, bright colours sometimes act as a warning to predators that the owner is either dangerous, or is going to be a very nasty tasting morsel.


Some butterflies have large ‘eye spots’ on their wings, to deceive would be predators into thinking they are much bigger than they really are.


Darker coloured wings can provide good camouflage.


One of the most beautiful butterflies I’ve seen, is this male ‘ Cairns Birdwing’ which is one of the largestΒ  butterfly species in Australia.


The female is not quite so spectacular, but still really lovely.


“Our loved ones, whether by blood, marriage, or by choice, are delicate treasures. If we hold them too close, they break as a butterfly would. By honouring and enjoying the freedom of our loved ones, we gain our own freedom. Have the courage to trust that the beautiful butterflies in your life will return – or-not – as life intends.” ~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

96 comments on “Delicate Treasures for Ailsa’s theme

  1. The photos are beautiful. It is not often that I come across a butterfly, so it is nice to see pictures of them πŸ™‚

  2. Butterflies… always a good opportunity to catch great pictures which I have yet to deliver. You obviously do better job than I do.

  3. I’m not even going hit like. Butterflies creep me out big time. Nasty gogos hiding behind pretty dresses. You do know they eat dead animals, don’t you πŸ™‚

  4. These photos are beautiful! Butterflies seem to be the very definition of delicate, yet, they can fly great distances and survive for months. A few years ago, PBS broadcast a Nova episode detailing the 4 generation migration of monarch butterflies. The 4th generation is born in Canada and travels south to Mexico, where it spends the winter before starting the cycle again the next spring. Truly fascinating stuff.

    • Thanks so much, John, for your interesting and informative comment. I’m glad to know that some butterflies live much longer than people have imagined them to. πŸ™‚

  5. Beautiful butterflies! I love the variety you have displayed here. Each one so unique and different. Makes you think about how vulnerable they are when they first come out. The patience it must take to wait for those wings to dry. They sure can teach us a lot of lessons!

  6. La farfalla da sempre rappresenta la bellezza ma anche la fragilitΓ  della vita, l’incanto del volare di fiore in fiore, delicatezza che hai raccolto in queste immagini cosΓ¬ colorate ed affascinanti
    che sia così splendente il tuo nuovo giorno Ventis
    The butterfly always represents the beauty but also the fragility of life, the enchantment of flying from flower to flower, delicacy you’ve collected in these colorful and attractive images
    that is so shining your new day

    • So true, Ventis. Butterflies have so much beauty, but their lives are very short. Some only live for a matter of days, but I think two weeks is about average.
      Have a lovely day. πŸ™‚

  7. These photos are priceless!

    β€œA fallen blossom
    returning to the bough, I thought —
    But no, a butterfly.”
    ― Arakida Moritake, Traditional Japanese Poetry: An Anthology

  8. Hello Sylvia, you have taught me a fact or two in this post. I had no idea about vivid colours being a warning sign. You have captured real beauties. My favourite shots here are 3rd and 4th.

  9. Very pretty.
    For audio you could have, ‘Two butterflies, casting their eyes both in the same direction; who’d ever guess that one little yes could start a butterfly collection’!

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