Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sayid

Oh. My. Gosh.

So, remember the butterfly garden? Well, it was awesome. Really fun to watch the caterpillars turn into chrysalids and then emerge as butterflies. They had to live in captivity for their whole lives since it hasn't been over 55 dgs here to release them. They lived for a long time but have started dropping off one by one lately. The last one kicked the bucket today.

I thought.

I dumped the deceased butterflies (two since the last purge) and cleaned out the habitat for the next go around (in a few months). Then I went about my business. I changed my scentsy, I dumped the hot wax into the garbage can. And then I heard a noise. I thought it was a mouse rustling in the pantry...nah, too quiet for that. Then I thought it was my pant leg brushing against the garbage sack. So I moved away. Then I heard it AGAIN.

So I look in the garbage can.

The butterfly is alive! And COVERED IN WAX.

I am like a torture master.

I cried, real tears.

I dumped hot molten wax on a defenseless nearly dead butterfly, which I had already dumped in the trash.

So, since it was half covered in wax and probably nearly starved to death I just dumped it outside. Certain to meet its ultimate demise since it is only 30 dgs outside. I figured after the torture session the least I could do was let it enjoy its last few moments out in the wild.

Either that or I am not man enough to hear the suffering and struggle of a strong willed butterflies last feeble attempts to survive.

I do bad things to good people. And insects.

7 comments:

McCulloch Moments said...

I'm scared.

And... I'm laughing - tears!! Over the title. You torturer, you!!!

Leslie said...

Sad story. I remember driving with my cousins when a butterfly got stuck in the windshield wipers. We all screamed for my aunt to pull over, but I don't think the butterfly stood a chance. I know your pain. Where do you get the caterpillars?

Leslie said...

Sad story. I remember driving with my cousins when a butterfly got stuck in the windshield wipers. We all screamed for my aunt to pull over, but I don't think the butterfly stood a chance. I know your pain. Where do you get the caterpillars?

Earl and Vickie said...

Could I ask? How long did it take from the time you got the caterpillars until they turned into butterflies? I just got mine in the mail today for my kindergarten class and we are going out on track break in the near future.........

Strong Family - said...

Next time for sure get them in the spring/summer. Releasing them was the best part for my kids. It took them all a few minutes to fly, so my kids got to hold them and play with them for a while on the ground. :-)

Sheyenne said...

Oh that is just so sad. I would have had to step on it though, so as not to prolong the suffering. Poor poor butterfly.

Melissa Ash said...

So Sad!! I would have cried too. But, I am laughing.so.hard. as I read this. You have a way of putting horrible things very funny! Sorry about your poor butterfly. Hope he enjoyed his last momnts in the wild.