Saturday, September 15, 2012
Poetry in Motion
The proficiency in catching butterflies and securing them in the butterfly cage unsurprisingly began with our eldest, but has moved on down the line. Recently while Maia was at school, Eva and Patrick managed to catch seven butterflies between them (five and two respectively). This is great improvement especially for Patrick, who, in his early attempts went for the bees rather than butterflies, since they were slower and easier to catch (not to mention there are about 10 bees for every one butterfly). Two subsequent bee stings fortunately convinced him to seek a higher prize, and since then he has greatly improved in catching butterflies, although he is still working on transporting them to the cage.
Despite my concern about the large bee population in the neighbors' flowers, I have been grateful for the almost endless entertainment provided by the butterflies. Indeed, who needs a television when you have a butterfly cage and ample butterflies for a catch and release program?