A White Sulphur Pair

Written by: Gwendolen Rix

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!