As you may know by now, we’re crazy about nature here at the Yankee Homestead.
[By the way, if you’re a parent or teacher, or have any interaction or influence with children, I highly recommend this book: Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder. It’s fantastic–both inspirational and practical. Read my review of the book here: Last Child in the Woods.]
The other day, instead of heading inside for rest time after lunch on the patio, we decided to chase butterflies.
Specifically, we were trying to take a picture of a particularly beautiful butterfly we’d been admiring during lunch. He was such a tricky subject–capturing his image took us much longer than I’d anticipated.
We literally chased him all over our yard, hoping to snap a picture that would help in the identification process, since we’d been unable to locate him in our pocket butterfly guide.
It didn’t help that I was using my iphone, with it’s delayed response camera, but I didn’t want to risk losing sight of him while running to fetch my DSLR.
Between the blurry pictures I managed to take, and our prolonged observations of his markings, we were able to find him in a more comprehensive butterfly guide once we returned to the house.
We were amused to read that the Spicebush Swallowtail is “an active and steady flier, seldom alighting.” It was definitely true for our Spicebush Swallowtail–he was in constant motion!
So, naps were more than a little late that afternoon, but it all worked out. We made a positive identification of our elusive butterfly, the Spicebush Swallowtail.
Hooray for butterflies!
(And hooray for a break in our hot summer temps, which allowed us to venture outside in the middle of the day.)
More about butterflies: Year Round Nature Activity for Kids: Raising Butterflies.
Kathleen Henderson is the yankee behind the homestead. Follow along as we grow real food and three boys while renovating a 20-acre farm in northern Virginia. Do you love homegrown food, Paleo-ish recipes, and natural living? You’re in good company! Let’s grow together…