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Butterfly Sanctuary Exhibition @ The Natural History Museum
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ajodasso




ETA: The exhibit attendant gave us bad information on what type of butterfly this is! He claimed it was a "Brazilian leaf butterfly," but it's clearly one of these!

ETA2: No, you're not misremembering this. That's why butterflies are dear to me.

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We should go to the butterfly exhibit when you're here. We'll find him again!

Oh man butterflies are craaaazy. There's a butterfly conservatory in Niagara-on-the-Lake (area outside of Niagara Falls on the Canadian side) and it is aaaaaawesome. We used to go once a year or so when I was a kid, it was cool.

Some are so skittish, but others seem so easy (to me, anyway) to approach.

Oh, how lovely.

I remember you posting about seeing a butterfly when you'd just arrived in York.

My butterfly stories, by this point, are many. I have a history of butterflies turning up at meaningful points in my life, for some reason.

What an extraordinary insect! Thanks so much for sharing these.

You're welcome! Yes, he was quite striking, and such a sweetie, too, keeping me company for so long :)

So unbelievably gorgeous. I'm quite in love with the coloring!

Wow, I've never been to a butterfly exhibit. They're so pretty!

Butterfly sanctuaries are an absolute joy to visit, if you ever get the chance!

what beautiful creatures! That butterfly is so leaflike in an unremarkable way, but so stunning when it opens up...
is there a metaphor there for us creative souls?

It's known as a Dead Leaf Butterfly, even...death that bursts into vibrant life on opening, yes, I'm sure you've got something ;)

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I've had that ring for years. It was a gift from one of my exes, and I've lost and found it over and over again, so I know it's probably destined to stay with me. It's very unusual. I refuse to part with it :)

See some of my responses below re: why butterflies are so dear to me. Anyway, this guy was just stunning, and very sweet, too.

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Some moths are kind of creepy looking up close, but, by and large, I don't find butterflies creepy at all. See response to compactstars below; I have an unusual history with butterflies, and I have good reason to love them.

One stormy late summer day, my family and I were walking along the beach near my apartment and I found 2 monarch butterflies stuck to the wet sand. I coaxed them on to a branch and took them home and they lived with us for 2 weeks. They would cling our backs and ride between rooms.

/fond childhood memories.

Okay, I'm genuinely startled and delighted, because I have a very similar story to yours: when I was about nine years old, on my first trip to the beach (Ocean City, Maryland), I rescued a Red Admiral that was stuck on its back to the sand, legs flailing. I let it sit in my bucket with some shells I'd collected until its wings seemed to be dry enough (which was a few hours, and in those few hours, I'd grown very fond of the critter). Before we left to go peruse the boardwalk, I coaxed the butterfly onto my hand and tried to get it to fly. It made a few false starts, but finally fluttered off down the strand. We went to where we'd parked the car, which was a good ways from the beach, and as we finished packing up the blankets and other beach paraphernalia, one of my little sisters started shrieking about a butterfly landing on my hair/shoulders. Sure enough, the Red Admiral had come back to me. I set it on the back of our car, hoping it'd rest there and fly off when it was steadier, but when we returned two or three hours later from the boardwalk, the butterfly was still on the car, and when we got close enough, it flew over to greet us and landed on my hand again. By that point, I was smitten and wanted to take the butterfly home, but my parents just weren't having it. Very difficult to get it to fly off again, and I was upset at having to leave it. But in years since, Red Admirals have popped up for me under unusual circumstances - have come to me unafraid, have climbed onto my hand from plants after failing to flee at my approach, etc. I can't explain any of it, really, but I'm usually very moved when it happens.

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You are adorable! Those are such fun pictures!

I'm also incredibly intrigued by the ring on your right hand. If I may ask, what's on it?

That ring was made by an Israeli jeweler living in Austin, Texas circa 2001. He told me the inscription was his own stylized version of a hieroglyphic/hieratic inscription found above some Egyptian tomb door. I've never been able to authenticate this; he said he intended the inscription to mean transcendence. I've loved this ring for a long time, even if the person who gave it to me is long gone from my life.

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Oh, beautiful! And the story in your second ETA is just wonderful.

Many thanks! And yes, the post in the ETA is quite old by now...

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