• The Colorful Colorless Butterfly

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    Did you know that even the most colorful butterfly actually has NO COLOR? Most objects that we see have color because it contains pigments that reflect the color. Butterfly wings are made of transparent chitin butterfly wing microscopic viewmolecules. The colors come about because it bends the light to reflect in different ways.  The spacing and stacking pattern of the chitin determines the color that is reflected. This is called STRUCTURAL COLOR (as opposed to pigmented color) It is much like colors you see on a soap bubble.  TColors of a bubblehe bubble is transparent, yet you can see colors on the bubble… only on a butterfly it’s on a much smaller scale.... and there are millions of them.

    How can sunlight turn into so many different colors?  It’s the same concept as a rainbow.  Sunlight looks white, but is made up of seven colors.  When the light passes through water or a prism, the light bends.  Some colors bend faster than others so they bend at different angles, thereby causing the light to split into the seven colors, creating a rainbow.  With the butterfly, the light is bent in many different directions and angles that it cancels out some colors.  Light is basically made of energy that travels in interference of lightwaves. When the top of the wave meets the bottom of a wave of equal size, the cancel each other out. The chitin bends the light this way and that, and cancelling out some colors.  What is left is the color that you see.       Because the angle of that the light hits the wings changes when the butterfly is flying, the colors slightly shift while the butterfly is in flight. This is called iridescence. This color shift throws of predators thereby adding protection to the butterfly.
    Some butterflies, such as the glass wing butterfly truly look transparent.  In the picture on the left, you can see it does look transparent.  The chitin is arranged in such a way that no cancellation of light is occurring.

    glasswing butterflyglass wing butterfly with refraction

    So next time you see a butterfly, take a good look at its shifting colors.. but don’t touch!

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  • Valentine's Day Tea Party

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    Make Valentine’s Day special by planning a whimsical tea party for with your little girl. What better gift can you give her than giving her your time and memories? Dust off that tea set in your cupboard and watch your little girl’s eye widen with excitement.   Here are some tips to get you started:


    • Devalentine ladybugscorations: Go reds and pinks. Scatter some pink and red cutout hearts. Help her cut hearts out by folding the paper in half and draw half a heart along the fold. Scatter some little red and pink ladybugs in the mix as well.


    • The tea: Bitter tea can ruin a good tea party. The trick to good tea not over steeping your tea. When you over steep the tea it releases the tannins, the bitter chemical, into your tea. If you want a good strong tea, double the amount recommended rather than increasing the recommended steeping time.


    • The cups: If you have a tea set, by all means, break out that tea set! Allowing your girl to use the forbidden china set will make tea party much more enticing. Bone china is much sturdier than you may think and will make it through the tea party without damage.


    • The sugar: Prior to the tea party, take the half cupvalentines sugar of sugar, add a teaspoon of water and couple drops of food coloring.   Mix and put in heart shape molds to dry.


    • Have fun with it: Involve your little girl right from the planning stage. She will appreciate it more if she can add her own special touches to the event.


    Happy Valentine’s Day from The Butterfly Grove!

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  • Butterfly Theme for your Wedding

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    butterfly themed weddingThere are so many ways in which to weave the romantic and pretty Butterfly theme into your wedding! From your bridal look and wedding decor to your guest favors and wedding cake.

    Something so beautiful and unique like a butterfly materializes from a caterpillar. Like magic. Much like a fairy-tale. It symbolizes the beginning of a new and beautiful life as a married couple.

    A Butterfly themed wedding is not difficult to plan. You can weave the romantic butterfly theme from the preparations and dates before the big day till the reception afterwards, and when you wave goodbye for your honeymoon.

    Here’s some easy to implement ideas:

    Pick a color scheme.

    You can choose white butterflies to complement your color scheme or choose the color of the butterflies based off the wedding's color scheme.

    You could have Butterfly Invitation Cards or Butterfly themed hanging decor.

    Pick a wedding dress design

    You can be incorporate it into your wedding dress as well. You can create a beautiful veil by fastening a butterfly to the headpiece, tucking nylon butterflies into the bouquet or wrapping the bouquet with a ribbon with a butterfly fastened to it.

    Make your reception unique

    Butterfly reception ideas are endless. Using mini butterflies around the wedding cake, tucking little cute butterflies in the centerpieces, designing the napkins with cute little butterflies. Butterfly wedding confetti would look beautiful too! The ideas are endless.

    A Butterfly themed cake, Butterfly name place cards and Butterfly themed bridal favor boxes can also be a personal touch for your guests.

    Have you ever considered a butterfly- themed wedding?

    There are hundreds of ways to decorate with butterflies at your wedding. They are a symbol for new beginning of life. Why not start the rest of your life with butterflies?

    Share your ideas with us. Share some nice pictures of butterfly themes you’ve seen. We love to hear from you!


    And check out our beautiful Butterfly Wedding Decorations at The Butterfly Grove

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  • Buttеrflу Wall Dесоr: A Fun Wау оf a Hоmе Makeover

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    Thеrе are numеrоuѕ thіngѕ we саn dо tо mаkе оur hоmе or rооm mоrе іntеrеѕtіng. You саn ѕtаrt from рісkіng the most attractive сhаndеlіеrѕ, gоrgеоuѕ wаll dесоr, elegant furnіturе, fаѕhіоnаblе іntеrіоr dеѕіgn аnd оthеr fаѕсіnаtіng hоmе ассеntѕ. However, even іf уоu аlrеаdу hаvе these аt hаnd there аrе ѕtіll іnѕtаnсеѕ when уоu juѕt саn't gеt еnоugh. There аrе twо reasons whу thіѕ соuld hарреn. One, іf your hоuѕе or rооm hаѕ a vеrу lаrgе flооr аrеа. A big space requires mоrе furniture and thе сhаnсе of buуіng wall decor, home ассеntѕ аnd mоdеrn wаll аrt is vеrу hіgh. Twо, you hаvе еnоugh dесоrѕ but уоu can't thіnk оf a way tо аrrаngе оr сrеаtе a wonderful design uѕіng аll оf thеm. Interior design is no walk іn thе раrk. It tаkеѕ ѕkіll аnd creativeness tо formulate a ѕuіtаblе concept аnd color scheme thаt wоuld hаrmоnіzе уоur choice оf wаll dесоr, hоmе accents аnd mоdеrn wаll art оr оthеr furnіturе уоu lіkе to рlасе іn уоur hоmе оr room.

    If уоu аrе lооkіng fоr nеw іdеаѕ оf іntеrіоr design соnсерtѕ fоr your hоmе оr уоur kіd'ѕ rооm, here аrе some unіquе аnd fun wауѕ tо create a gоrgеоuѕ perspective.

    If уоu are tіrеd оf incorporating your hоmе wіth a mоdеrn оr соntеmроrаrу dеѕіgn, maybe іt’ѕ tіmе tо try ѕоmеthіng different. If you lіkе thе idea of hаvіng a gаrdеn іnѕріrеd concept for your lіvіng аrеа or fоr thе kids' bеdrооms, buttеrflу wаll decor and buttеrflу wаll art аrе реrfесt dесоrѕ tо start a hоmе dеѕіgn makeover.

    When choosing butterfly wall dесоr аnd butterfly wаll аrt, thе first thіng уоu should соnѕіdеr іѕ the color оf the раіnt оr what kіnd оf wаllрареr tо uѕе. If you саn't decide bу уоurѕеlf, уоu can visit an іntеrіоr design store аnd lооk for wаllрареrѕ thаt have butterflies оn it. Try tо get free samples оf buttеrflу wаll dесоr and butterfly wаll аrt and brіng them hоmе ѕо уоu саn асtuаllу рlаn your design. I ѕuggеѕt thаt уоu combine wаllрареr аnd paint. Yоu саn dо thіѕ by uѕіng wаllрареr bоrdеrѕ to ѕераrаtе two colors of раіnt. Whаt dеѕіgnеrѕ uѕuаllу dо is tо paint thе bottom hаlf оf thе wall a dark shade оf pink аnd thе upper hаlf a lighter ѕhаdе.

    Fоr more butterfly аnd gаrdеn design іdеаѕ, you саn visit Hаvе fun!

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  • Monarch Mimic - The Copycat Viceroy Butterfly

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    The Viceroy Butterfly is almost indistinguishable from the Monarch Butterfly. It has all the elegance and beauty of the Monarch, except for two distinct differences. First, it has a strip on the bottom wings, which the Monarch butterfly lacks, and second… it tastes good. The Monarch Butterfly is dreadfully distasteful to potential predators due to its diet of milkweed (milk weed is very bitter). This diet serendipitously protects the Monarch Butterfly from being eaten. Though the Viceroy Butterfly does not taste bad, it receives protection just by looking at the Monarch. Predators that have learned to stay away from the Monarch, also stays away from the Viceroy.  

    In nature, this is a defense system known as mimicry.  Organisms mimic the look of other organisms and benefit by being a copycat.


    Interestingly, in the Royal Court system, the Viceroy runs countries, cities and counties in the name of the Monarch.


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