A Festivus Butterfly Sighting

created Dec 23, 2019

Today is Festivus.

In the late morning and early afternoon, I drove among some nutty traffic in West Toledo, buying a few things that we need this week to host the holidays.

At 1:40 p.m., Barney and I left the house for a walk. During our walk, I came upon a Mourning Cloak butterfly, sitting on a sidewalk. It appeared like a small upright leaf. It was alive, but it barely moved. Temps were in the low 50s. It was a little breezy, but it was sunny.

Mourning Cloaks are usually the first butterfly or one of the first butterflies that we see in the early spring, appearing at times in March when the weather gets nice. Our weather over the past two days has been March-like, and I guess that triggered the Mourning Cloak to move about.

The butterfly held its wings upright and closed. I picked up the butterfly. It clung to the textured concrete sidewalk. I held the butterfly in my slightly cupped hand. I wanted to place it somewhere safer. Barney and I walked a bit further, and I placed the butterfly in a dense, blue spruce pine tree. The butterfly clung to my hand too when I removed it.

I was unable to snap photos of the surprise butterfly, since my phone had no space. That was a shame.

These were the late afternoon temps, reported at Toledo area airports.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Dec 23, 2019 3:52 pm EST
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 53 F
Humidity : 46%
Wind Speed : WSW 8 mph
Barometer : 30.03 in
Dewpoint: 33 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Dec 23, 2019 3:53 pm EST
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 50 F
Humidity : 63%
Wind Speed : SSW 9 mph
Barometer : 30.03 in
Dewpoint: 38 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 46 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Dec 23, 2019 4:16 pm EST
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 51 F
Humidity : 52%
Wind Speed : SW 6 mph
Barometer : 30.02 in
Dewpoint: 34 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

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