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Random Act of Metaphor: A Black Swallowtail with a Sense of Style

June 18th, 2016 by Michael Dyet

Black Swallowtail

Hmmm, can the same-old same-old light the fire of your imagination?I have been strolling through meadows and down sunny trails hunting for butterflies for well over a decade. In that time, I have managed to find over 90 species. It is always a thrill when I spot a lifer – nature geek-speak for a species I have not seen before.

But I would tire of the pastime very quickly if lifers were my only motivation to keep butterfly sleuthing. Fortunately, the sheer beauty of butterflies never ceases to give me joy. Every outing on sun-bleached summer days has its moments of “Ah yes, this is why I do this!”

Black Swallowtails remain one of my favourite sightings. I always get an adrenaline rush when I catch sight of one. The one displayed in this post had enough of a sense of style and verve to perch on a purplish white, cluster flower – the perfect contrast to its striking black garb, yellow spot band and the blue wash on the swallowtail with eyespots circled in orange.

Black Swallowtail 2

And as if that was not enough, it offered me the wings-in-motion special effect – in the process showing off its gaudy outer wing.

A Black Swallowtail with a sense of style and verve – a random act of metaphor to remind me that while new-and-never before is intriguing, the same-old same-old can sometimes be the most heart-stopping experience of all.

~ Michael Robert Dyet is the author of “Until the Deep Water Stills – An Internet-enhanced Novel” – double winner in the Reader Views Literary Awards 2009. Visit Michael’s website at or the novel online companion at

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