For a moment today in my ‘butterfly park’, not one but two butterflies decided (at the same time) to rest for a while on my shoulder (upper arm): One Red Admiral and one Small Tortoiseshell. In fact, I think at least the Admiral was the very same specimen as in the photo above. (The Tortoiseshells were so many today I could not keep count of them.)
I’m pretty sure they cannot have take me for a flower, since I was wearing a plain grey jacket! I guess I’ll never know what they were thinking… But it was a rather awesome experience and it reminded me of this ‘Irish blessing’ that I read recently:
May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, Tomorrow and Beyond.
Two butterflies at the same time must mean double luck, mustn’t it??
Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)
Red Admiral (Vanessa Atalanta)