Grace in the garden

These butterflies, or rather their caterpillars, are commonly regarded as pests. The offspring chomp their way through cruciferous vegetables and nasturtiums like there’s no tomorrow. The caterpillars that make it past angry gardeners and hungry birds go on to become summer snowflakes – a pretty name for the  large white butterfly.

“Large White Butterfly”

Here the butterflies are drinking nectar from a rosebay willow herb. The flowers were full of butterflies so the circle of life (and the holes in my cabbage leaves) will begin again. What the caterpillar sees as the end of the world a butterfly sees as just the start…

Large White Butterfly on Rosebay Willowherb

Large White Butterfly on Rosebay Willowherb

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