Thursday, October 15, 2009

Nature Study and being in the right place at the right time!

Oh yes, isn't she a beauty?
A love of Nature, implanted so early that it will seem to them hereafter to have been born in them, will enrich their lives with pure interests, absorbing pursuits, health, and good humour” - Charlotte Mason (Vol. 1, p. 71).

This magnificent butterfly Joshua spotted, while we were in Merimbula last Monday! She was just sitting in the tree looking delightful.

After a good hour of web research I finally identified this wonderful creature...

She is an Orchard swallowtail (papilio aegeus)

Today the children and I found out they are common to Brisbane, QLD and that there food plants are orange and lemon trees. Charlotte Mason encouraged that we don't go into a full depth study of all new things we discover, especially while they are little, so we just learnt the basics of this little beauty!

"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." Revelation 4:11


  1. What a beautiful butterfly, and to be blessed by it sitting still - what a wonderful God we serve.


  2. That is a gorgeous example of one of our Creator's marvellous creatures! We get one similar in the upper part of the wings but I have not seen the coloured dots along the bottom. Spectacular! (We are a few hours north of Brisbane.)

  3. Very lovely. Swallowtails are my favorite. Hope you are having a good week.

  4. The butterfly is gorgous.... Cant wait to see you in christmas time.. How are the kids??

  5. I love those nature moments too:)
    I've learnt so much in nature since we started the CM path with my dd.


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