*GASP* 'Its the first day of Fall!' My mind raced as I looked at the calender this morning. This year has just flown by. It seems like just last week we were opening Christmas presents and now the end of the world...er... year is almost here again.
Sorry I brought it up.
Sorry I brought it up.
I'll have to get out my Autumn decorations. I knew I had some somewhere... at least I thought I did.
...alas I found that most of my Fall decor is Thanksgiving oriented with turkeys and pilgrims and the like. I didn't even have a Fall leaf garland to hang. All I could muster up was enough Autumn neutral items to decorate the top of our TV cabinet. Looks like I'll be hitting the good ol' RiteAid this shopping day.
Today we went outside to gather leaves to make rubbings, and acorns and pine cones for decorations but the kids were sidetracked by a smattering of butterflies flitting about the lawn.
"MOMMY! I NEED THE NET!!! AND MY CAGE!!!!!"
Moments later Kiah and James excitedly filled their small plastic cages with...
Hmmm... aparently grasshoppers are much easier to catch than butterflies. Who knew?
After catching about 15 of the "crickets"...
"James, they are grasshoppers"
"Look Mommy! I caught another cricket"
... Kiah finally landed her net on an actual butterfly. A great purple hairstreak to be exact. From the side this one is about the size of a quarter. Its colors are so vivid and it looks like it is wearing a frill of blue spotted black lace on its rump.
Then moments later, and through puddles of tears (because he wants to catch a butterfly too), James finally chased down a California sister.
"Are the boy ones sisters too?" James asks. Oh brother :-p This sister has a wingspan of about three inches and is fairly common in our area.
Most surprising of all was that even little Eden was able to catch a tiny butterfly no bigger than her thumbnail.
There are many species of dotted blue. The one Eden caught is a little more vividly colored but a dotted blue nonetheless. I love the paw print marking at the top of her fore wing.
Needless to say, with school time running short we postponed our leaf rubbings until this evening and looked up our butterflies instead. We found a great website about Butterflies of North America. None of the butterflies are endangered so we will probably keep them... perhaps make a display. First we have to set up a butterfly house. Maybe we'll get eggs.