Our second butterfly of the season was born today.
I waited a long time as he dried and rested before he finally opened his wings and lo and behold, when he finally did, I saw two black telltale spots on his wings. He was a boy. So Thomas was the perfect name for him.
We have been studying Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury that was murdered in his church, because of disagreements with King Henry II. We read a little bit about it in A Proud Taste For Scarlet and Miniver by E. L. Konisgburg. Then we read If All the Swords in England by Barbara Willard to get a full picture of the event.
So we chose the name Thomas for him. We also like Thomas Jefferson, Thomas a Kempis and Thomas Stonewall Jackson, so we were happy with the name. I was happy when I saw the sense spots on the butterfly’s wings this morning. I was afraid we might have to change his name to Thomasina. But I couldn’t tell anything from peeking into the closed wings. He finally opened them wide and the spots were very obvious.
You’ll be able to see them in the video below.