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A Moment

On my ride home from work yesterday, there were these flying insects everywhere.  They had black wings, they didn't fly very fast, and the poor things kept flying into the front of my car.  It was an odd sight, one I had not experienced in previous springs.

Later that afternoon, I picked up my daughter from softball practice.  She and her team had experienced the same thing.  She told me the insects were butterflies.  She also said they must like yellow, because they kept dive bombing their softballs!

Our lilacs are in bloom, and when we got home, our lilacs looked like they were hosting a butterfly party.  They were everywhere!  My daughter and I just stood and watched, able to see the butterflies drink from the flowers up close and personal.  The scent of the lilacs surrounded us, and for that moment, all the stresses of the week faded away. 

It turns out they are red admiral butterflies migrating from Mexico to Canada. They make this pilgramage every year, but this year a storm forced them all to move at once, causing a swarm effect.  The scientists say they will all be out of the area by today.

I felt honored that our lilacs were able to be a rest stop for these beautiful creatures. 

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You are SO lucky! I love when the natural world intrudes--makes itself known to us--look! we're here too!<br />
Congratulations on a wonderful experience and a great story.

I watched a ba<x>seball game last year and the whole field was covered with fluttering butterflies. Believe they were the Monarch ones. We get them a lot here... faerie used to stand in our backyard and I can easily get covered with them.

I'm sure it would have been wonderful to see them all in the garden.

Good for you and your daughter for taking time to enjoy the moment.<br />
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“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ~ Robert Brault

Lucky you. Witness to a rare event. I always wanted to go to South America to see the Monarch butterfly migration.