Time: 09:39 PM EDT
Subject: Beautiful Butterfly
Geographic location of the bug: Southern California
Dear Bugman, I am hoping you can help me identify this butterfly based on the body shape and wing markings. It was located indoors during the very early spring.
How you want your letter signed: Melanie on the Irish Chain
More than most readers, you know that the past year has been very difficult for Daniel, and with the pandemic, the trauma of teaching online, and a multitude of life changes, your frequent communications have been a great source of comfort for Daniel as he contemplates life changes. The butterfly has long been a symbol of transition for many people, and hopefully we will all be able to emerge from a long period of isolation, much like the butterfly emerges from the chrysalis after having transformed from a nearly unrecognizable caterpillar. Your butterfly is a fantasy creature, and the peace signs on the wings are a beacon of hope for the future. Though a fantasy creature, those stunning wings most closely resemble a Brush-footed Butterfly in the family Nymphalidae, and as a resident of Southern California, in our opinion it most closely resembles a Red Admiral, a lovely butterfly that is currently enjoying the warm spring days in Daniel’s own garden. The are most often seen sunning themselves in the morning and late afternoon so their dark wings absorb the heat of the sun. Also, Daniel has to come clean and admit he is also Constant Gardener.