The Butterfly That Lost A Spot
Rosemary J. Peel
Copyright 2011 Rosemary J. Peel
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It has to be said Bartholomew was exceedingly vain, which for a Cabbage White Butterfly is quite unusual. They are not the most colourful or beautifully marked of their kind. Nevertheless Bartholomew, Barty to his friends, was proud of his shimmering white wings, delicately tipped with black, and marked with four perfectly round black spots; two on the left side and two on the right. He could often be seen flapping his wings gently in the breeze to rid them of unwanted pollen picked up through the day. He had just settled on a large, bright, dandelion when he realised that something was wrong. Passing insects stared at him, and not the kind of stares that said, “Look at that lovely butterfly”; no, they were more the kind that wanted a second look to be sure of what they thought they’d seen. A large bumblebee did exactly that, almost flying into a garden fence in the process. Only by some very clever flying, did it manage to avoid a crash. Barty was mystified. What were they all staring at? It wasn’t long before he found out.