lizbrownlee – poet

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B is for Butterfly tongue

Entry_19360_Butterfly-Proboscis

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This is a macro photograph of the tip of a butterfly’s proboscis, or tongue. Who could imagine it? It was taken by Stephen S Nagy, and won the 2011 Nikon Small World Micrography Competition.  Exquisite or what?

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The Butterfly’s Tongue

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A bright-embroidered

path to drink,

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flanked by gems,

enticing,

pink,

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a colour promise,

come, take flight,

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along a line

of golden light,

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escape your vessel,

taste the sky –

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nectar

becomes

 butterfly!

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Poem © Liz Brownlee

Photograph © Stephen S Nagy

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20 Comments

  1. No wonder butterfly’s flutter about in such erratic patterns, with their tongue dangling out they can’t take their eyes off it!

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  2. So pretty, I love this trend you have started. Can’t wait to read tomorrow. I also am looking at your book. Looks really nice.:)

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  3. Beautiful Liz, got there in the end x

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    • Hooray! Thank you, Sue! The Facebook link is acting up!

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  4. suepoemcat

    Beautiful Liz, as always x

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  5. suepoemcat

    oops thought it hadn’t posted

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    • It doesn’t post your first comment for a while until I have looked at it and have decided you aren’t rude or a spammer! Then all other comments by you get through – so you should be ok now!! Xx

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  6. I have seen this photo before and marveled at the beauty of it. Your poem has intensified that feeling. Nicely done!

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  7. Liz, so glad you’ve signed up for the A – Z challenge. Your daily treat is so much better for me than Jaffa Cakes! Wonderful poems, pics and info. x

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    • Aww, thanks, Helen, better than a jaffa cake, I am so PROUD!

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  8. Such an amazing photograph–it makes me wonder what a macro photo of a dog’s tongue would look like–and your accompanying poem is lovely. Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. I look forward to following you through the alphabet. 🙂

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  9. Beautiful photo and poem. I love that you can see the ‘seam’ where the two halves of the proboscis ‘zip’ together after the butterfly has emerged.
    I have shared this on the FB group for my fellow NHM Butterfly House workers/volunteers (and butterfly enthusiasts) to see and read.

    We only remembered the A-Z Challenge last night and missed the official sign-up…. We’re still blogging unofficially though 🙂

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    • Thanks! Please post your link at TB – Steve reminded me by a thread, otherwise I’d have forgotten as well!

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  10. O.O do what?!?!?! (Love the poem)

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  11. LOVE IT!

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