A group of butterflies is called a kaleidoscope, a swarm or a flutter!
Butterflies have transformed themselves from caterpillars. This card is a thoughtful gift for a friend or family member who has made positive changes in their life, such as sobriety, weight loss, job achievement or graduation. It is a pretty card for a baby shower or baby announcement, or engagement or wedding. Fun gift for a social butterfly. It is a thoughtful card for a memorial or bereavement, for sympathy and love.
Spring butterflies symbolize resurrection, change, renewal, hope, endurance, transformation and courage to make life better.
Give Spring Butterflies card for birthdays, anniversary, Mother’s Day. Keep a few on hand for life’s special occasions.
Caterpillar in the tree,
How you wonder who you’ll be
Can’t go far but you can always dream
Wish you may and wish you might
Don’t you worry, hold on tight.
I promise you there will come a day
Butterfly, fly away
~ Miley Cyrus
Butterfly conservation tips from Birds & Blooms magazine:
Want to help out these first butterflies of spring? Here are a few simple steps to take:
- Plant More Trees. Mourning cloaks and eastern commas rarely feed on flowers, instead preferring the tree sap that starts to run in late winter. They also dine on rotting fruit windfalls from the previous fall. Sugar maples and apple trees are great choices for spring butterflies. Flowering trees like redbuds are also excellent food sources.
- Don’t Mow Wildflowers. The earliest native wildflowers of spring serve as nectar sources for early butterflies. Don’t be too quick to pull or mow these flowers. If you can, add more of them to your garden, sowing them the fall before so they’ll appear just in time for butterflies.
- Provide Fruit and Nectar Feeders. Generally, butterflies find what they need in nature, but it’s not uncommon for some butterfly species to visit hummingbird feeders when plant nectar is scarce. You can also put out fruit like oranges and bananas, which may attract migratory birds too.
- Leave Leaf Litter. Gardeners are often eager to start spring cleanup, but the longer you leave leaf litter and overgrown ornamental grasses, the better. Overwintering butterflies in all forms use these as shelter and protection.