B is for Butterfly

Butterfly Madagascan Sunset Moth Macro Isolated On White

You might be wondering why I wrote two posts for today. Truth is, I started out writing this post about butterflies and then changed my mind about my word for B after writing it. Rather than just toss this post, I thought that I would just post them both for  you. Bonus day.


I promise that I won’t get all cutesy on you this month for our A-Z Blogging Challenge. I’m not a cutesy kind of gal. Butterflies and rainbows aren’t typically my thing, but butterflies are definitely one of nature’s most amazing phenomenon. I am not sure why we tend to love butterflies and despise moths. That is yet to be determined. But for today, since I know you are on limited time, I will give you three distinctions that generally separate the butterflies from the moths:

  1. Butterflies are day creatures. Moths fly around your lanterns at night. I think that this is the feature that most of us use to distinguish the two. That doesn’t mean that all butterflies are flying only during the day and all moths hide during the day. There are exceptions, but the rule generally holds true.
  2. Butterflies are (generally) prettier than moths. It could be because moths live in the dark and frankly don’t care what they look like. It would be nice if more butterflies were like that, but sadly, they are much more vain. They know they are beautiful and flit around everywhere showing off their cool wings. While you might think that all moths are kinda ugly, you might be fooled if you find a Madagascan Sunset Moth (pictured above) or the Luna Moth. These are moths, but they are also pretty. It just goes to show that you can’t judge a book by its cover.
  3. Moths rest with their wings open and butterflies rest with their wings closed. Although there are other traits that distinguish the two, this is the one that I think is fun to try and notice. It requires you to sit and actually watch it for a bit. What is it doing when it stops to rest?

So what does all of this have to do with the Tao Te Ching? All creatures are part of the Tao, the All That Is. In my mind, butterflies and moths are a great example of Chapter 2 of the Tao Te Ching, where the duality of nature is called into question:

We experience beauty because of ugliness.
We experience good because of bad.

The ugly and the beautiful go hand in hand – they help define each other. We define moths by the fact that they are not butterflies as well! We also have the day creature and the night creature – so similar and yet, clearly different. This is yet another,  of countless, examples of yin and yang in real life.

This post is part of a series called the A to Z Blogging Challenge, taking place during the month of April 2016. Each day is a new letter throughout the month. My theme this month is NATURE. To view other bloggers writing about this alphabet, check out the list here

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The list so far…

A is for Aspen
B is for BreathB is for Butterfly


  1. Beautiful (for B) post! I love watching butterflies (and moths). Saw a cabbage butterfly yesterday -amazing (where I live) for April 1 – their larvae are destructive but I still like to see them fly.
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  2. I love butterflies, and do my best to attract them to my garden, making sure I have food for the caterpillars.

    Part of our aversion to moths could be that they sometimes get in your face, while butterflies don’t.
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  3. We all love butterflies, but I would like to mention an amazing moth called the hummingbird moth. I love to watch these guys when I get down to southwestern Colorado in the summer. Until you get within a foot or so from them, you would swear they are hummingbirds. They look like hummingbirds, sound like hummingbirds, hover like hummingbirds, hang around flowers like hummingbirds and are out during the day like hummingbirds. Pictures aren’t allowed in these comments, but you can see what they look like at http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/pollinator-of-the-month/hummingbird_moth.shtml

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