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 largest 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
The photos are beautiful. It is not often that I come across a butterfly, so it is nice to see pictures of them 🙂
Thanks so much, Allyson. These were taken at a butterfly sanctuary in Australia.
these are gorgeous – a wonderful selection of colours all vibrant all different. A patient capture
Thanks so much, Scott. They were rather well behaved subjects. 🙂
Beautiful choices, Adin.
Thanks so much. 🙂
Butterflies… always a good opportunity to catch great pictures which I have yet to deliver. You obviously do better job than I do.
Thanks, Rommel. This was an old camera with no macro facility, but they didn’t turn out too bad. 🙂
Huwhat!? Even more impressive.
The butterflies look beautiful and delicate. A perfect entry for the challenge, Sylvia.
I’m sure their fragile wings look stunning as they fly around especially the 2nd one.
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Thanks, Issy. They were so beautiful flying all around us in that butterfly sanctuary. 🙂
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 🙂
Well I also eat dead animals! 😆
Beautiful captures Sylvia. What can be more delicate than butterfly wings?
Thanks, Madhu. Glad you liked them. 🙂
Thanks, sidey. 🙂
They are almost magical, how they emerge and those wings unfold into such beauty
I agree with you. I once watched one doing just that. 🙂
i have only seen it on film, reality must be so stunning
What a beautiful quote!
I also thought so, Tandy. 🙂
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. 🙂
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!
Thanks, Angelia. What a lovely comment! Yes, I believe we could learn many lessons from the fragile butterflies. Patience is a virtue. 🙂
The butterfly with the four blue dots…I have never seen this species before…thanks for sharing this gorgeous post.
Thanks, Laurie. I just did a search to find out what it is. It’s an Orchard Swallowtail. I agree with you that it’s so beautiful.
Lovely photos, and then I look at the comment just above mine and see I am not alone in that opinion 🙂
Thank you. I’m so glad that you like these. 🙂
You can’t beat nature for true beauty
Yes, I agree, Tilly. 🙂
Very beautiful ad 🙂
Thanks, Hopestar. 🙂
Wow! These butterflies have the most exotic, stunning, vibrant colors, shapes and patterns. Beautiful!
Glad you enjoyed these, IT. 🙂
La farfalla da sempre rappresenta la bellezza ma anche la fragilità della vita, l’incanto del volare di fiore in fiore, delicatezza che hai raccolto in queste immagini così 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. 🙂
All are beautiful butterflies.Thanks for sharing !!!
Thanks so much, Praveena. 🙂
These photos are priceless!
“A fallen blossom
returning to the bough, I thought —
But no, a butterfly.”
― Arakida Moritake, Traditional Japanese Poetry: An Anthology
Thanks, Rebecca. What a beautiful poem. 🙂
Good one. Butterflies wings are indeed very delicate!
Thanks so much, Dawn. 🙂
Beautiful post and photography, and I love the quote you selected. To paraphrase: if you love something, set it free…
Thanks so much, Babsje. 🙂
All so pretty 🙂
Thanks, Chris. 🙂
You have such a steady hand and lots of patience. 🙂 Lovely butterflies!
Thanks so much. They seemed quite tame at this butterfly sanctuary. 🙂
Beautiful butterflies and most of them has near perfect wings!
Yes, they were really beautiful specimens. 🙂
Beautiful gallery of butterflies! Thanks.
Thanks, Lola. You’re welcome.:)
Love the variety!
Thanks, RoSy. 🙂
Beautiful and delicate. Such a wonderful variety, too.
Thanks, Gunta. 🙂
Wow, beautiful captures, Sylvia! Love the quote 🙂
Thanks so much, Amy. 🙂
I haven’t seen a butterfly in ages. These ones you have hear are beautiful
These were in a butterfly sanctuary in Australia. There were hundreds of them just flying around. 🙂
What a perfect quote to match these stunners 🙂
love your butterflies ad, always such delicate treasures that brighten our day!
Thanks, Christine. 🙂 Do you get these around where you live?
no, we have quite a small range of butterflies here, but some really gorgeous ones!
I love butterflies…don’t see many around here as my yard won’t be finished until next spring…so…I’ll enjoy yours!!!
Thanks, Heather. Glad you enjoyed these. 🙂
Fantastic quote! And the butterflies are incredible. Great post, ad.
Thanks so much, Gemma. 🙂
Beautiful photos of butterflies and I appreciate the Huie quote you included at the end. A good reminder. 🙂
Thank you. I also love that quote, and was glad I found it. 🙂
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.
Hi, Paula. Glad both you and I learned something new today. 🙂 Yes, the darker butterflies are also very lovely.
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’!
Thanks, Col. What a sweet rhyme. Is it one of yours?
No, this is from a Geroge Freedman or Bobby Darin oldie – Multiplication:
I do remember this…..just. 😀
Just beautiful… don’t know how you get them to sit still for you!!!!
Thanks so much. I’m a butterfly whisperer. 😀
Thanks, M. 🙂
Beautiful, yet so fragile. I’ve always been so mesmerized by them 🙂
Thanks, Andy. Yes, they are gorgeous creatures. 🙂
These are cool. Although The WPC is Eerie, the Delicate is travel theme 😉
Thanks Al, I just edited. The WordPress ‘Delicate’ challenge was in December last year. 😀
It’s easy to get confused with so many of them
Especially when I’m trying to do the housework at the same time. 😀
Haha yeah, that will always cause a problem. Been trying to do my photo of the day at the same time as cooking dinner
They are so beautiful butterflies, Thank you dear AD, love, nia
Thanks so much, Nia. 🙂 xx
Thanks so much, Stacy. 🙂
I meant it sincerely. I looked at each one for a long time, just fascinated.