Friday Flower – Lavender with a hint of cabbage

Lavender with Butterfly - Photograph by Laura Lecce
Lavender with Butterfly – Photograph by Laura Lecce

A peaceful Friday photograph of lavender with a white cabbage butterfly. I use the word peaceful because lavender oil possesses anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects, and thus, has long been used as a calming agent and to promote sleep. However, Friday is my busiest work day, and I have no time to rest. Instead, I will tell you that this white cabbage butterfly is an agricultural pest in North America and Australia because the caterpillars love to eat crops. We should still have some sympathy for them though, because certain species of wasp will lay their eggs inside the caterpillar and the wasp larvae then eat it from the inside out, ultimately killing the caterpillar. What a horrible way to die! Happy weekend everyone, I hope I didn’t give you nightmares.

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9 thoughts on “Friday Flower – Lavender with a hint of cabbage

  1. Love your title and, having read it first and formed an expectation in my imagination, was pleasantly surprised by your offering. Yes, we seem to have a natural abhorrence for that sort of reproductive behavior, which is why movies like Alien are so deeply frightening. It is the way of nature in the insect world, however, and I think it’s generally healthiest not to dwell on it for very long, but rather whistle a happy tune and think of spring meadows.

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