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A White Sulphur Pair

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A White Sulphur Pair

a white sulphur pair

rhythmic waltz in midair—

first cabbage patch date

Backyard Haiku Series
Gwendolen R.

This exotic dance takes place between male and female sulphur butterflies in the early spring and summer as a mating ritual. These elegant pairs of butterflies resemble ice skaters as they fly close to the ground. Abruptly, one white sulphur will encircle the other and then both dart up towards the sky to heights of about 60 feet. Next, the male butterfly will suddenly fall from the sky appearing lifeless as the female butterfly slowly spirals downward. This slow spiral gives the male butterfly time to meet another while the female proceeds with the business of laying her eggs. What a dance! 

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  1. Date: 6/20/2012 9:44:00 AM
    A beuatiful natural phenomenon captured in verse! Peace & Love Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 6/10/2012 3:29:00 PM
    Well, that explains alot. Too bad human morae's aren't so understanding. :)

  1. Date: 6/5/2012 8:49:00 AM
    Gwen love it, send some over here will you..David

  1. Date: 6/4/2012 9:56:00 PM
    Hi Gwen-Love he second line-brilliant. I heard about R. Dawson, and I actually thought of you. I remember when your family challenged my family to play. But, then you said you were too scared-LOL :) Anytime you want...I'll send in the tape. RIP Richard, btw. Love, Natalie

  1. Date: 6/4/2012 9:32:00 PM
    I am so glad you explained this one. I was imagining a pair of Cabbage patch dolls dancing together. hahaha. (never heard of that name of butterfly before. They sound awesome)

  1. Date: 6/4/2012 7:21:00 PM
    Gwendolen, this is a beautiful haiku! Thanks tor sharing the interesting facts. Glad to see you writing. I hope you're feeling better. Soupmail...Love and Blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 6/4/2012 6:55:00 PM
    Very interesting facts about butterflies - I can now picture your wrods so much better.

  1. Date: 6/4/2012 6:09:00 PM
    Your explanatory note enables me to enjoy the poem fully about these lovely white butterflies ..but strange it is that they are called sulphur, jag

  1. Date: 6/4/2012 6:02:00 PM
    Great topic for a haiku! I learned something fascinating from this. Peace & Love Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 6/4/2012 4:58:00 PM
    GWENDOLYN, I don't know what haikus are. Your bottom note makes it all possible.,,Today I'm reading poems from my aunt PD's account, hope you don't mind. Sincerely pd's niece SYLVIA }!{

  1. Date: 6/4/2012 3:52:00 PM
    This write is truly amazing Gwendolen! I really love the excitement this poem creates with the dance between the "white sulphur pair"! Thank you for the explanation, it was very insightful and I just love learning new things! Awesome write, Great Work!!

    Rix Avatar Gwendolen Rix
    Date: 6/4/2012 3:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Who needs a poetry cheerleader when I have Russell Sivey on my side? hahah...Your words are kind...Gotta go study my orange rose bush for tomorrow's haiku. I read that u have one also... Take care! G-O BiG RED MACHINE!!!