They're back...the flying flowers, that is. I saw my first of the season
yesterday floating in the breeze over the creek by our house. Butterflies are one of the most amazing of God's creations. It is difficult to comprehend, even with my scientific background, how the lowly caterpillar can transform to become the beautiful ethereal creature that is a butterfly. Even more incomprehensible is that this fragile little thing whose paper-thin wings are coated with scales that come off at the slightest touch can survive long enough to keep the species intact. I have a rather large butterfly bush at the corner of my front porch that, when in bloom, is gilded with these tiger swallowtails as well as fritillaries, pipevine swallowtails, an occasional monarch, viceroys and hummingbird moths.