Watermelon and Butterfly

Sometimes I leave the watermelon rind out on the deck for the birds and the bees to feast themselves on the sweet seeds and flesh of the fruit. This afternoon, I saw a beautiful butterfly just loving the fruit and seemed like it couldn’t get enough of the nectar. I thought may be it was stuck and M tried to kind of touch it with a blade of grass. It flew out and landed on the railing, and didn’t move for a while. I think the poor thing is drunk. Here are some pictures we took. But after a couple of minutes it flew back to the fruit, andย I truly believe it is a case of total intoxication!









About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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25 Responses to Watermelon and Butterfly

  1. slmret says:

    Those are wonderful photos, particularly the second shot and the one on the railing! I have been eating more watermelon recently — It’s almost like an addiction, and several nearby restaurants have been serving summer salads with small pieces for extra flavor. If I put them out for the butterflies, I wonder, though, ir the rats might get there first — wouldn’t want to be accused of drawing the rats in!

    • Zakiah says:

      I thought the pictures of the butterfly came out good too. I like watermelon a lot too Janet. It is so refreshing, especially in the dog days of summer. I make a kick ass juice of watermelon, and store it in a jug. I too make salads with watermelon, corn and cucumber with cumin powder dressing and lemon juice. It is truly tasty.

  2. jstnotherday says:

    What a great idea, and wonderful photo’s! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. mrswrangler says:

    What a cool thing to see.

  4. maureenrose7 says:

    that is some good thinkin! and great photos also! what a neat idea im gona try it! thank you for the great post! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I thought I commented this last night…but was having internet troubles, so it apparently didn’t “take”. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I remember saying something to the butterfly about “Don’t drink and fly”.
    GREAT pics!
    Sweet of you to share your melons! Melons are one of my summer loves! ๐Ÿ™‚
    HUGS!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Zakiah says:

      ha ha. I like that, Don’t drink and fly slogan. I am sure the butterfly police will be on the lookout for FUI !! โค โค

      • HA! ๐Ÿ˜€
        I think maybe your butterfly was just full to the brim. I tend to eat too much watermelon in one sitting! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜› And I can’t fly after doing that! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. marica0701 says:

    Wow, what a beautiful butterfly!

    Hmm, the next time my family has watermelon, I’ll have to set aside some of the rind for the outdoor critters and see what it attracts ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Oh – how interesting. Maybe the butterfly was so stuffed and couldn’t move anymore.

  8. I tried to find the name but it is hard .
    A species of Nymphalidaes ?

    Love โค

  9. beowulf222 says:

    A drunk butterfly maybe? Or on a sugar hype.

  10. So beautiful, Zakiah. What a lovely way to spend your time – taking pictures of a butterfly eating a watermelon!

    • Zakiah says:

      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you. The garden is seeing its last days it seems. The roses continue to bloom along with dahlias and sunflowers. There are others there too, but they are all ready for some cool autumn weather I think. I know I am!

  11. JojoBean says:

    That’s a great idea – for next time I’m out camping! ๐Ÿ˜€ I don’t have a garden, in fact, no outdoor space at all… but this is inspiring and maybe my wall garden (in progress) will eventually attract some nicer insect life than it currently does (green flies, the b*stards ate all my mint and basil)… but speaking of getting insects drunk: I had a wasp get hammered last Christmas when s/he went to drink mulled wine left on the table – yes, I know, odd seeing a wasp in December, but it was EXCEPTIONALLY warm in the attic last year, and I think that had it not been for the warming inebriation of the mulled wine, that poor wasp would have died from the extreme cold once we had left the attic for the evening…

  12. r_hsw says:

    watermelons are especially addictive and the best thirst quencher during a hot day.

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