Watermelon and the Butterfly (a repost)

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, and 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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20 Responses to Watermelon and the Butterfly (a repost)

  1. murisopsis says:

    Hehe! I doubt it was a drunk butterfly – probably drank so much liquid it couldn’t get airborne due to a heavy gut!! At least it was able to enjoy and feast and provide some entertainment for you and M.

  2. slmret says:

    I agree with Val that it was probably just stuffed with watermelon! These are wonderful photos, and how fun to know that you fed the butterfly so well!

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Janet. I hope you are being safe and staying inside the home. We are seeing the smoky haze here, wafting all the way from CA and Washington states. There are posts on facebook that have talked about seeing the haze in New York!

      • slmret says:

        Yes, I’m safe, Zakiah, thank you! On Friday, the sky is blue with a thin film of smoke, and the air feels good too! I heard a couple of nights ago that the smoke has made it all the way to Europe already. The fires are still burning, and still dangerous, but far away from me. .

  3. Wow… that butterfly must be grinning from ear to ear (do they have ears?) after drinking all that sweet watermelon juice.

  4. kim says:

    I always get drunk on watermelon! 😉

    • Zakiah says:

      Me too Kim. I love that fruit so much. But I wish they had not gone and altered the watermelon so much that the seeds are gone. I think the seeds made it sweeter. I have seen that the seedless watermelons do not taste as good as those with the seeds.

      • kim says:

        Very much agreed, re seeds! I mourn the loss of grapes with seeds, just as I learned of the seeds benefits, too. Much work to do to reverse some of these culture changes that capitalism made.

  5. mrswrangler says:

    Such joy it brought you. My rinds go to my mom’s chicken’s. It is one of their favorite treats.

  6. Zakiah says:

    It did. The cook at home used to make a curried side-dish with the white part of the rinds and it used to taste excellent.

  7. Rupali says:

    Wow, I am astonished. I never thought of this. Zakiah ji you inspire me so much.
    Wonderful shots.

  8. Lucky butterfly! I hope he didn’t fly too soon afterwards! Wouldn’t want him getting a FWIW! (Flying While Intoxicated…from Watermelon! 😉 😀 )
    After you shared this before, I followed your great example and started putting out food and fruit rinds for more than just the birds…food that insects could enjoy, too. 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    🍉 🦋 🍉 🦋 🍉

    • Zakiah says:

      Carolyn, that butterfly stayed there for hours. That’s why we thought that it had cardiac arrest and M tried to disturb it. It went on to the railing of the deck for a while, but went right back to its nectar. It was really cool to watch it.

  9. “Whatever the bottle as long as we have drunkenness” , a French romantic poet Alfred de Musset wrote.
    This romantic butterfly was also getting drunk but he needed a beautiful watermelon! 🙂
    Love ❤

  10. Beautiful repost!!!! I need some watermelon just so I can put some rind out now! I do have some nice photos of my balcony garden. I should post those…

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