Butterfly Migration…

Yesterday was a wonderfil day, we were outside in the warm afternoon sunshine, when suddenly there were hundreds of White Butterflies surrounding us. We realised that this was a migration of White Butterflies (Pieridae). We witnessed this beautiful act of nature unfolding before our eyes and then went to look in our reference books to glean some information about them. We discovered that they migrate on mass, NE across South Africa in the summer, the males are faster as the females stop every now and then to lay eggs. Some of them were still on our friut trees this morning when we were on our way to feed our chickens and rabbits. They then took flight to follow the faster male companions to their destination.

It was amazing to be immersed in this complete occurrence of nature… We all just stood there, amazed and absorbed in this moment….

PS.
Meg over at Sew Liberated has done a feature on my Mamma4earth shop…

Have a lovely week 🙂

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9 Responses to Butterfly Migration…

  1. n/a December 14, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    Hello Linda, I just wanted to say that it is really wonderful that you homeschool your children and that you all do activities together indoor and outdoors. This is how families should be. The part of South Africa your from looks gorgeous! Do you own any acerage?

    Stefanie (jamesgiantpeach)

  2. Linda December 14, 2009 at 8:59 pm #

    Stefanie, thank you so much for visiting! You have said such kind words, thank you 🙂 We love the fact that we homeschool and learning happens everywhere each day, outdoors, when we discover new things, everywhere we are:) We have a summer rainfall where we live and the garden is bursting with life… We own an acre of land and we try to make it as productive as we can and sustainable, we still have so much to learn on our journey… It was lovely to hear from you Stefanie,

    Warmly

    Linda

  3. Tammy December 14, 2009 at 10:23 pm #

    “…there were hundreds of White Butterflies surrounding us…” That must have been such a beautiful sight. I think butterflies and their migrations are amazing.

  4. *erin* December 15, 2009 at 7:36 am #

    Oh, wow, just beautiful! What a site to see!!!

  5. SewLindAnn December 15, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

    An amazing experience for sure. I completely admire your lifestyle. If my son hadn’t had mild autism I would have homeschooled too. He needed the socialization and therapies the school system offered though. I’m totally into gardening and as natural as possible in my suburban world. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Linda December 15, 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    Hi SewLindAnn
    Thanks so much for stopping by:) And thank you for your kindness, I look forward to your lovely comments:)

    Warmly

    Linda

  7. the puRple gRasshoppeR December 15, 2009 at 7:47 pm #

    ohh my girls enjoyed this post so much they are sooo into butterflies right now!!! what gorgeous pics!!!

  8. Linda December 15, 2009 at 7:52 pm #

    Hi Norma,
    Thanks so much, it was a wonderful experience to see all these beautiful creatures surrounding us:)

  9. Lisa December 16, 2009 at 5:32 pm #

    How magical! I’m so glad you all got to experience this. We see orange and black monarchs migrate over our house in the fall; but we have never experienced that many around us. Wonderful!

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