Swallowtail Gathering

By William T. Hathaway

Swallowtail Gathering

Whenever a butterfly collector stumbles across such a gathering, an unimaginable feeling of anxiety takes control. How many specimens can I capture with one fell swoop? The collector has learned to hold the tip of the net directly above the butterflies with the rim of the net about a foot high, encircling the specimens.

After a breathless moment, wham! Down goes the net. The net is turned and the captured butterflies are vigorously fluttering in a desperate effort to escape an unnatural happening. Such a kitchen blender confinement had assured tragic results. Of the lot, not one neat and undamaged specimen was worthy to be displayed. “Woe is me,” thought the collector, “I'll just have to bridle my ambition and collect one specimen at a time.”


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