Saturday, August 8, 2009

The butterfly farmer

I met a butterfly farmer in Maui last spring. She and her husband had some land on the flanks of Mt. Haleakala, and there they raised Monarch and Gulf Fritillary butterflies. They had so many butterflies that they released the extras to flutter around the property pollinating all the flowers. There were butterflies indoors, too: perching on the bathroom towel rack; getting a sip of water in the kitchen sink; clinging to the bedroom curtains. She'd gotten so used to seeing butterflies, she said, that if she opened her eyes in the morning and didn't see a butterfly, she worried that something was wrong.

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