#AToZChallengeJamaica: B Is For Butterfly, Sweet and Persistent

Well, here is my first effort at the #AToZChallengeJamaica, which I agreed to participate in with fellow bloggers Susan Goffe and Dennis Jones. Can I keep it up? I do hope so.

The letter B has many possibilities in the Jamaican context. There are wonderful Jamaican words: bulla (that dry, spicy cake) and bammy (cassava bread, perfect with fish) and bankra (basket). There are bats and birds and Alexander Bedward, and Bluefields. But I decided on butterfly because – well, I just can’t ignore the darned things. They’re literally in my face.

The Giant Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio homerus) is endemic to Jamaica.
The Giant Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio homerus) is endemic to Jamaica.

According to the National History Museum of Jamaica, there are over 150 species of butterflies on the island, 35 of which are endemic, plus 22 endemic subspecies. We also have the gorgeous Giant Swallowtail Butterfly, one of the largest in the western hemisphere, lives in the Blue and John Crow Mountains and Cockpit Country, and nowhere else.

Lignum vitae butterflies trapped in a window. Poor dears.
Lignum vitae butterflies trapped in a window. Poor dears.

And then we have the pretty little white lignum vitae butterflies, that swarm on the trees at certain times of year. This year has been a bumper butterfly season. They even come in the windows. It is fun letting them out to flutter in the sun again.

But alas! Butterflies are fragile creatures. Just today, I found one little wing on the ground. So beautiful, so delicate.


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