Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mr. Physocarpus opulifolius (Coppertina Tree) and Ms. Butterfly


The author, Richard Bach (Jonanthon Livingston Seagull), has observed that "What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly." With all the recent rhetoric surrounding Harold Camper's prediction that the world would end this past Saturday, May 21st 2011, Bachs' quote came to my mind today, for I caught a glimpse of this beautiful butterfly playing with the flowers of the Physocarpus opulifolius (Coppertina Tree ).

This is a tree that you may have read about in previous entries on my blog, and which you may refer to by clicking here and hereIn any event, as you may recall, dear reader, my Physocarpus opulifolius stands in the northwest corner of my rooftop garden, overseeing the comings and goings of my herbs, vines, plants, shrubs as well as other trees. And from time to time he makes observations about life in my urban terrace garden which is evident in the aforementioned posts. 

It is not a complete surprise that the butterfly chose my Physocarpus opulifolius as a landing spot today. Perhaps the butterfly sensed the Physocarpus opulifolius was feeling neglected and wanted to give him some attention, or, perhaps, the butterfly wanted to tease my Physocarpus opulifolius. I say this because according to the late comedian, George Carlin,"The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity."  It seems, like the caterpillar, my Physocarpus opulifolius has publicity issues too.

Hopefully MrPhysocarpus opulifolius will feel better about life in an urban garden now that a butterfly alighting upon his flowers is the subject of one of my garden-themed movies.


ANNOUNCEMENT: It has just been bought to my attention that my coppertina (who now lives in a different garden) and I made an error in identifying the butterfly who visited here in 2011! 

Many thanks to Brenda Dziedzic for bringing it to my attention! Upon seeing a Virtual Story (mini-mini) of mine, Ms. Dziedzic had this to say: "The Monarch Butterfly Comes to New York video is cute, but it is not a Monarch. It's an American Lady." 

I have now made the correction, and the video can be viewed by clicking here.

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