An Eruption of Butterflies

On Saturday, Mom and I went to the Arts Council of Southern Indiana‘s butterfly release. They had free jazz and art, cheap food, face painting, dedication of stone sculptures, and, the highlight of it all, the release of over 100 Monarch butterflies.

In a reversal of roles, I told Mom to go get a butterfly to release, and I would take pictures. Alas, I didn’t tell her to get a butterfly and then come back to where I was, so I had to paparazzinate her. See if you can see her Where’s-Waldoing me in the crowd. She’s wearing brown pants and a beige shirt and her Angel Mother hair is glowing like a halo.

Here is what the poor li’l butterflies were in. It hardly seems comfortable, but who knows what dreams butterflies dream in the dark? The words say Caution – live butterfly inside. To open, gently lift side tabs and pull. 

So, mostly all at the same time, everybody did.

The butterflies rose.

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And flew.

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They rested on people, buildings, trees, and bushes before taking off for good. Little splashes of orange fluttered everywhere.

We’ll probably go again next year, when they plan to have even more butterflies.

Meanwhile, do you know what Monarch butterflies eat? Milkweed! Yes, the kids always knew, instinctively, that milkweed was the coolest plant ever! So let’s plant some milkweed, and let it spread and bloom and blow and spread some more. The butterflies will thank you.

Meanwhile, I’m posting today at Fatal Foodies about one of my favorite food web sites.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write something with a butterfly in it.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “An Eruption of Butterflies

  1. Jane

    July 31, 2012 at 10:36am

    Hi. What a wonderful event. So glad you went.
    I once saw a huge flight of monarchs on the UL campus. They were resting in the trees. A few got stirred up, and hundreds rose up and started flying around. They hardly looked real, there were so many. Visually, the effect was similar to cartoon animation overlaid onto a real scene.
    That was probably the ’70’s. I’m sure I’ll never see that many again.

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      Marian Allen

      July 31, 2012 at 1:31pm

      If it was the ’70’s, are you SURE you saw that many then? Just sayin’. 😉

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      • Jane

        August 1, 2012 at 2:33pm

        Heh. I was soberly attending an art show. Really.
        The butterflies were prettiest, btw.

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