We love them for their beauty, fluttering their decorative wings much to our delight, the lines and swirls converging in such intricate patterns of colour and shape. We are blessed by our experiences of their charm and grace, but nature painted butterflies entirely for their own mutual appreciation.
Butterflies are highly visual creatures, with a complex and highly ritualised courtship, despite living only very short lives. They are initially attracted to their potential mates by their wing colour and pattern, before undergoing a lengthy courtship dance to decide whether to accept or reject the suitor.
“Ballet in the air…
Twin butterflies until, twice white
They Meet, they mate”.
(Haiku by Matsuo Bashō).
I felt lucky to capture such a magical moment, the point of convergence for these brief lovers.
“They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods.”