Unseen #midnighthaiku

Unseen, unnoticed

Beauty grows in the shadows

Perfect potential

There are flowers, both wild and cultivated, in abundance. There has been plenty of rain and an abundance of sun. The purple loosestrife, always covered in bees of all varieties, is in bloom. There are barely any bees to be seen… apart from the odd bumblebee and the two tiny bees that attached themselves to my sleeve today.

With the virus restrictions, I haven’t been able to get around as much as usual, but the hedgerows and garden have always been the place to watch butterflies…there is no need to go far.  If the roses, pinks and wildflowers do not call them, the butterflies will always cover the buddleia bushes and they are in full blook. I have spent a lot of time with camera poised, but apart from a cloud of cabbage whites, not one butterfly have I seen. I find that bizarre and rather worrying.

A 2015 survey of British butterflies suggested there had already been “76% of the UK’s resident and regular migrant butterfly species declined in either abundance or occurrence (or both) over the past four decades”. You would have thought that perhaps the reduced vehicle pollution  and clearer air would have meant a good year for bees and butterflies, but at least on what I have seen so far, that does not seem to be the case.

I just hope the neat rows of eggs in the Acer belong to a butterfly.


About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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17 Responses to Unseen #midnighthaiku

  1. Sadje says:

    Man has unfortunately taken over the part of planet that belonged to others. Now we see the decreasing numbers in many species.


  2. Beautiful!! I agree, whenever I find beautiful rows of eggs I do hope they belong to butterflies, or even moths as they are such beautiful creatures.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      They are indeed… and I am pretty certain these are either butterfly or moth, both of which bring their beauty to the world whilst taking their part in the intricate dance of life.


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  5. memadtwo says:

    I too have seen mostly only cabbages this year, but I did see a tiger swallowtail the other day. And you are right about the bees. It’s frightening. (K)


  6. willowdot21 says:

    Fingers crossed 💜💜


  7. Widdershins says:

    Oh, they’re butterfly eggs, 🙂 (hopefully) I thought they were baby grapes. 😀


  8. I hope they are! How cool that would be! Are they the kind you can put into one of those butterfly nets and hatch while watching?


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