Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Before and After

Sapphire SplendorThis is a blue morpho butterfly. The blue is not caused by pigmentation; it is actually caused by the way light reflects off of microscopic scales on the backs of the butterfly’s wings.

The structure of the scales is tetrahedral (pyramid-shaped), and they reflect light. The colours vary depending on the angle from which they are viewed.

If a butterfly crosses your path, it means good luck. In the Japanese culture butterflies are thought to be representative of young maidens and marital bliss. In ancient Greek the word for butterfly is "Psyche", which translated means "soul". Butterflies also symbolize: Resurrection, Transition, Celebration, Lightness, Time, Soul. Symmetry is another manifestation of the balance of Yin and Yang, of the unimpeded flow of ch'i.

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