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Welcome to Wiser Now’s weekly email blast which reflects my eclectic interests and, I hope, yours. June is Great Outdoors Month and specifically celebrates rivers, oceans, boating, swimming, camping, gardens, and zoos – way too much, so I’ve chosen to narrow the field to Butterfly Month, along with a few photos to honor Nature Photography Month. Well, and this one found by Googling “butterfly art on fingernails – images.” Amazing variety.

Also FYI, Blue Butterfly Day is coming up June 22.

I hope you are finding these offerings fun, and perhaps even useful, and I welcome your feedback. (Kathy@WiserNow.com) And if you haven’t yet pressed the subscribe button so this newsletter doesn’t go to spam, please do so now.

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The Quirky Quote

An Irish Blessing
May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness, and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.

 

The Quirky Fact

Butterfly has beautiful visual connotations for most of us, but in English, it has no 3-syllable rhymes. It’s more pleasingly poetic in other languages:

  • papillon in French
  • mariposa in Spanish
  • borboleta in Portuguese
  • paruparo to Filipinos
  • farfalla to Italians
  • The Dr. Seuss-ish Schmetterling to Germans
  • And perhaps most appropriate of all, the fluttering fluture in Romanian


The Quirky Observation

Robert Frost called butterflies “flowers that fly,” and Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun took the comparison one step further:
The butterfly is a flying flower,
The flower a tethered butterfly.


The Question
The fear of butterflies and moths is called lepidopterophobia, and according to this article, is fairly common, although the most famous person you might know with it is actress Nicole Kidman. Rather than talk about fears, talk about favorites. Which insects most draw yours eyes? Butterflies? Dragonflies? Fireflies? Any others you find fascinating?


Featured Product

Bees and Butterflies is a honey of a slide show that offers beautiful close-up photographs of butterflies and bees and includes:

  • Trivia quizzes on both butterflies and bees
  • Word games on “Butter and Flies” and Trying to Bee Funny
  • A reminiscence exercise on your bee and butterfly memories
  • Discussions on how butterflies escape predators and a bunch of facts we thought you ought to Bee Aware of

You will surely bug your friends with all you learn and imagine. Order it here.
 

The Quiz 

Butterflies are found on every continent except Antarctica, but there’s probably a lot you don’t know about them. Can you guess the answers to these questions that are excerpted from the Wiser Now Bees and Butterflies slide show?

1. Butterflies have varying life spans, with an average adult life span of two weeks or less. No adult butterfly can live more than a year.
True ___      False ___

2. Butterflies range in wingspan size from a tiny 1/8 inch (.32 cm) to over 8 inches (20 cm).
True ___      False ___

3. Butterflies maintain their body temperature by basking in the sun. They cannot fly – and will actually drop from the sky – if their body temperature is less than about 860 Fahrenheit (300 Celsius).
True ___     False ___

4. Although butterfly ears are tiny, their hearing is surprisingly acute.
True ___      False ___

5. Butterflies have no noses; they smell and taste through their feet and antennae.
True ___      False __

6. Butterflies have compound eyes that give them outstanding vision.
True ___      False ___

Answers are at the end of the document.
 

The Shameless Request

Please share Wiser Now Wednesday with anyone you think might be interested, and if you represent an organization that would like a customized version, please send me a note at Kathy@WiserNow.com.


The Kiosk of Resources

Answers to Quiz
1. True
2. False: The largest butterflies have a wingspan of nearly 12 inches (30.5 cm).
3. True
4. False: Butterflies have no ears; they pick up sound vibrations through their wings and body hair.
5. True
6. False: Butterflies are nearsighted, but they can see ultraviolet light which still puts them a step ahead of humans.
 
My multiple goals are to amuse and inspire you, to share what I and people whom I admire am doing, to stimulate your curiosity and spur you to action. I hope you enjoyed this offering. You can access previous issues here. We welcome your feedback. (Kathy@WiserNow.com)
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