The little butterfly

Nature amazes.

A little butterfly tonight reminded me Spring was now here.

A little butterfly tonight reminded me Spring was now here.

An hour ago an Admiral butterfly emerged out of nowhere fluttering about my head.  In this cold season it is amazing to come across a butterfly let alone in my own home.  In wonder I blinked at this amazing beautiful creature fluttering around the light, apparently it must have been hibernating and had awoken.

In such moments I am paralysed unsure how to handle a new situation, knowing if I caught and sent the butterfly outside the cold would kill it, but leaving it as it was if it would starve.  A search on Google added a surge of new knowledge to my brain about butterfly hibernating and eating habits.  The butterfly settled into a dark cupboard, so I let it be.

Before I wrote this blog I checked when Spring would start, and discovered that Spring had started yesterday on 1st February with the Celtic festival of Imbolc.  The butterfly had announced to me that Spring was now here, dreaded Winter was no more.

The wonders, magic, beauty of nature amazes.


53 responses to “The little butterfly

  1. Nature will outdo anything we mere humans can possibly do.

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  3. What a wonderful surprise for you! Nature is thanking you for your efforts 🙂

  4. I didn’t know butterflies hibernated. Your heating must have tricked the butterfly into thinking it was time to wake up.

  5. The ‘Totem’ symbol for Butterfly is Change… Just in case you were wondering 🙂

  6. Love this! My business logo is a butterfly – and yes, it signifies change. But I hadn’t thought/realised they hibernated, and that’s what I feel I’ve been doing over the festive season. The 1st Feb was a wake up call for me, so thank you so much for finding, posting and highlighting this. I read in Animal Speak about butterfly and change – it’s the opening reference on my website and business cards. Good luck with your change and keep us informed maybe! Inspired now!

    • Hi Jaycm6, thanks for your feedback. Not all butterfly species hibernate, but this one I encountered does. Today, I caught the butterfly and released it into the mild spring day, I wish it well on its path. The butterfly reminded me it is now spring, which of itself makes me happy, and it is a trigger to begin a new cycle of activities to mark the new season.

  7. We had a swarm of those butterflies in the autumn while they were migrating. Such beautiful creature. What was a sign of autumn to us became a sign of spring to you!

  8. Nature is amazing when it comes to calling the weather right,My lilies signal rains ,by blooming, more accurately than the met department.

    • You are so right, plants and animals are good judges of changes in weather and season, and are worth paying attention to. Some animals can even act as good early warning messengers of a major earthquake or volcanic eruption.

  9. [ Smiles ] The butterfly was an indicator of good things to come and you learned something new in the process.

    Another great article; thank you for sharing it, Alex.

  10. I didn’t think that the life of a butterfly was long enough for ‘hibernation’. Unless you call the chrysalis hibernating. I have many gulf frutillary butterflies around my passion fruit vines along the side of the house; the caterpillars destroy the leaves. As a result, around the window sills and walls I have many chrysalides and am often privileged to watch the emergence of the butterfly, the drying of the wings and finally taking flight.

    Wonderful moment communing with nature.


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  12. How lovely to see that 🙂 (found you via David’s blog..)

  13. Hello this butterfly is a beautiful symbol 🙂 look at this..
    Butterfly Animal Symbolism

    Overwhelmingly, cultural myth and lore honor the butterfly as a symbol of transformation because of its impressive process of metamorphosis.

    From egg, to larvae (caterpillar), to pupa (the chrysalis or cocoon) and from the cocoon the butterfly emerges in her unfurling glory.

    What a massive amount of transition this tiny creature undergoes. Consider for a moment the kind of energy this expends. I daresay if a human were to go through this kind of change we’d freak out!

    Imagine the whole of your life changing to such an extreme you are unrecognizable at the end of the transformation. Mind you, this change takes place in a short span of about a month too (that’s how long the butterfly life cycle is).

    Herein lies the deepest symbolic lesson of the butterfly. She asks us to accept the changes in our lives as casually as she does. The butterfly unquestioningly embraces the chances of her environment and her body.

    This unwavering acceptance of her metamorphosis is also symbolic of faith. Here the butterfly beckons us to keep our faith as we undergo transitions in our lives. She understands that our toiling, fretting and anger are useless against the turning tides of nature – she asks us to recognize the same.

    A quick-list of Butterfly animal symbolism:


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  15. If only we turned off the news and looked to nature more often we could learn much. Growing up my grandmother watched closely and often for her first sighting of the robin which signaled the beginning of spring. I don’t bother to watch forecasts for rain, I watch the trees outside instead which are a much better predictor of rain. Love to hear how things turn out for your butterfly, I’ve never had one indoors myself.

    • I caught the butterfly and released it outdoors when the weather was mild. My concern that there was no food source indoors for a likely hungry butterfly.

      How do you tell from trees that it would rain? I agree, by watching nature one can predict future patterns.

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

      • Glad to hear your butterfly was fine until it warmed up. I was wondering what you fed it and all I could think of was sugar water like we feed hummingbirds.

        When it’s going to rain the leaves of the trees turn up to catch and hold the water for a bit rather than letting it run right off so it can absorb some of the moisture. Trust me it’s been way more accurate than any forecast.

      • Thanks for the tip about predicting rain from looking at trees. That will be useful.

        I learnt on the day I saw this butterfly that they drink rather than eat food.

  16. Very pleasant welcoming of Spring, although it seems winter has just barely come to pass. In North eastern US we’re expecting a bit snow storm in the next couple days. All the same, the knowledge of flora and fauna never cease to delight and exceed human capacity for understanding. Magnificent.

    • Winter still has some fight in it here in UK, snow and cold is back. Spring flowers are in bloom, the trees are budding and the wildlife is awakening. Thanks for your comment mehdirene.

  17. A very good Omen~ and just love Butterflies…… its such a shame that Butterflies only have such a short life span after trudging life as a caterpillar And Spring has sprung… the Sun is shining today at least.. 🙂

    • Butterflies are symbols of change I am told, however change can be challenging as well as a blessing. It is part of the magic of the butterfly that we know its creative beauty is but temporary.

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  19. I’m always having the same dilemma with so many of the tiny creatures, including spiders that wander in here. I don’t want to take them out in the cold, and I also have to protect them from my animal companion. I’m never really sure what to do when it’s winter, and I go over and over it for hours sometimes.

  20. butterfly alights on burnt-out tree

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  22. This is so simple yet so complex in the meaning it holds within itself.
    Thanks for such a great post.
    Good luck =)

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  24. I had such adventures with hibernating peacock butterfly, which accidentally woke up on 25 March which is also a date of some symbolism,koniec-snu-zimowego-mojej-rusalki
    – of which I learnt they are the only species of the butterflies that do hibernate. Maybe the red admiral as a close kin to the peacock can do this as well.

    And this ona about the butterfly waking up,785242/s/3#26749460

    • Hi Andrzej, thanks for your comment and the links to your photographs. The butterfly is associated with many symbols and stories, often as a symbol of renewal. I was able to photograph two mating red admiral butterflies yesterday in Colchester.

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