A couple of Days ago little Miss called out to me she had found the most beautiful Butterfly and could I come and take a photo. I grabbed the camera and headed out to see this weary, docile Butterfly sitting under a Nandina. I got into the garden bed and down on the ground, incredibly close to it and it did not move or flinch.
After I took a barrage of photos from all angles I wandered off to see what else I could photograph while little Miss kept calling 'can I pick it up.'
I didn't feel this was quite right but said if it let them and they were gentle OK. She sent her brother into the garden to retrieve the butterfly which he bought to me amazed that it would sit on his finger and being so gentle, when Miss demanded her turn to hold he very protectively said 'No.'
He quickly turned away from her and the Butterfly tried to make a run for it - It didn't seem keen to fly. I said that was it, and told them to gently place the butterfly under the nearest bush and leave it be.
After it was safely placed under shrub Miss insisted she give it a flower, I ( quietly ) rolled my eyes and said Ok and was amazed when she placed the flower immediately in front of the butterfly and it crawled up on them, without prompting or hesitation. Nice work Miss, please excuse and ignore your eye rolling mother.
Then of course little boy had to add offering of flower also. The butterfly then crawled across onto the lil Mr's flowers too, and stretched it wings.
After several hours a location Check was made and the butterfly was still in the general area.