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Only minutes old, this Small Tortoiseshell butterfly surveys the great out doors from the safety of his perch in the breeding cage. When his wings had fully set he rapidly vibrated them to build up sufficient body heat to fly into my York garden in search of food and shelter.
There are 2 more imago, one hanging and one partially concealed, in the image alongside several empty and still to eclose pupae.
About 30 caterbugs pupated, only one had been parasitised.
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“Butterflies adorn the world and delight the eye”
John Ray (17th century naturalist)

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”
Helen Keller

“This above all – to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
Hamlet (William Shakespeare)

“The best and most beautiful things in the world, cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart” Helen Keller

George Moore 1852-1933 “Man travels the world in search of what he needs, returns home and finds it.”

Nostradamus 1503-1566 “Time is nothing, the desire to love is everything.”

One with the earth…
Mui-Ling Teh
“This is the path I have chosen, no matter what circumstances may come, no matter how hard it is, no matter what I feel inside, I must stay on the path.” Unknown

This sky where we live
Is no place to lose your wings.
So love, love, love.
Hafiz حافظ

Human beings are members of a whole,
In creation of one essence and soul.
If one member is afflicted with pain,
Other members uneasy will remain.
If you have no sympathy for human pain,
The name of human you cannot retain.

“Of one Essence is the human race,
thus has Creation put the base;
One Limb impacted is sufficient
For all Others to feel the Mace ”
—Saadi (1184–1283)

“There is only one sacred manuscript, the sacred manuscript of Nature, which alone can enlighten the reader.” Hazrat Inayat Khan

My Images Do Not Belong To The Public Domain. All images and writing are copyright © jesika 2011. All Rights Reserved. Copying, altering, displaying or redistribution of any of these images without written permission from the artist is strictly prohibited.

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I’m a successful failure:
Failed domestic goddess;
Photography flop
but a
BRILLIANT doggie mummy!
Dos this mean I’m a FAILED failure???

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  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettover 3 years ago

    Jesika, this is glorious.. I love it my friend.. Beautiful

  • Thank you, Brenda, I’m happy you like it

    – jesika

  • Cynthia Broomfield
    Cynthia Broomf...over 3 years ago

    Awesome capture!!!!!!!

  • Many thanks,

    – jesika

  • Bonnie T.  Barry
    Bonnie T. Barryover 3 years ago

    Jesika, you are providing images that are so unique and rare! This turtoiseshell is exquisite and the wealth of knowledge that goes along with it is terrific. Beautiful work all around!

  • I’m really happy that this batch of butterbugs has caught the imagination of 3 small children (4, 6 & 9) one mummy and a 58 year friend who has also never witnessed the marvels of metamorphosis. Maybe a bugologist in the making? It would be wonderful to know just one person had developed a life long interest because I tried to share my limited knowledge.
    many thanks, Bonnie, I’m grateful for your continued support & encouragement.

    – jesika

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseover 3 years ago

    Hi Jesika,
    your work always amazes me! National Geograpic will be knockin’ on your door Hon…….xoxo

  • Hi, Rosebud. Thank you so much, I’m glad you approve! LOL

    – jesika

  • Tony Cave
    Tony Caveover 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Jesika, the timing & exposure is fabulous

  • Thank you, Tony, that’s very kind

    – jesika

  • David Friederich
    David Friederichover 3 years ago

    Fabulous shot, Jesika. I just had the uninformed thought that I would like to raise butterflies, too. How much would I need to know and invest to make that possible?

  • Thanks, David, I’ll email you later, but be warned, it’s the most frustrating hobby! LOL

    – jesika

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 3 years ago

    Very nice. You have some wonderful captures of butterflies Jesika

  • Thank you, Robert, but you have butterfly images I can only dream of.

    – jesika

  • Olga
    Olgaover 3 years ago

    Absolutely stunning image and very educating words. Beautiful! :)

  • Thank you so much, Olga, I’m so fascinated by bugs I simply assume the rest of the world will be too LOL

    – jesika

  • rasnidreamer
    rasnidreamerover 3 years ago

    Amazing!! This is just beautiful—-I just love the colors!!!! XXSUEXX

  • They are gorgeous when they first emerge, aren’t they?
    Thanks, Sue

    – jesika

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous butterfly and well captured,Jesika!!

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