The Wall Street Journal delivered newspapers this past week, unsolisticed. In the Off Duty section of the weekend paper was a front section article, ‘Locals and Behold‘ chronicling a very interesting visit the writer made to the Caribbean island of Dominica. Me, I read on, all, to plumb the prospects for meeting butterflies on this island, well, paradise. Alison Humes didn’t mention butterflies, but she shared that Dominica was an island with hundreds of birds species reported. Helpful, but thousand$ of dollars to see . . . .
Shown here is a Zebra heliconian butterfly, nectaring on a Tithonia bloom in Kathleen. Kathleen rests in . . . Kathleen, Georgia. South of Macon, Macon itself a fascinating city, my tour there thanks to Conie Mac. Me? Macon is a thriving city, active, vibrant and purposeful. Kathleen, south of Macon is a relaxed southern town, washed in rich, deep green. Heliconius charitonius, more than any other butterfly I have sought and found, most evokes memories of those 5th row orchestra seats that we once subscribed to , at the New York City Ballet. Brooklyn-born yes, streets raised yes, but yet thirsting for the elegance and beauty of the ballet, and reminded by the poetic flight of these Zebra longwings (heliconians).
Just me, but when I pack my bags, I head to Kathleen, not Dominica. I love the U.S.A, and we here have our own neotropical butterflies, these balletic Zebra heliconians. No tickets, no season subscriptions necessary. All you need is an enabler.