Butterfly Psyche

My butterfly garden is at its peak right now and alive with color and motion. The butterfly is a symbol of the soul and transformation throughout many cultures and religions.  Psyche is the Greek word for both soul and butterfly and the ancient Greeks thought butterflies were reincarnated souls looking for a new home. Christ is often portrayed holding a butterfly. Native Americans believed that if you captured a butterfly and told it your secret prayer the butterfly would carry your message back to the Great Spirit.  Setting the butterfly free would then restore the balance of nature.

 I would like to think the balance of nature is being restored in my yard.  I have transformed a patch of overgrown junipers and heavy clay soil covered in lava rock and turf into a nature sanctuary filled with butterfly, dragonfly, toads, moths, honeybees, bumblebees, wasps, hummingbirds and creatures of all kinds.  I can sit for hours watching the hum of activity fly, hop and buzz through this garden.  I am also reminded how important the weeds are to the larval stages of various animals and insects.  The butterfly larvae feed on various weeds and native plants, the toad hides in the long grass and moist conditions created by dense weedy growth. 

My intolerance of weeds has been transformed! 

Red Spotted Admiral

Common Buckeye

Hummingbird Clearwing moth


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