I have always thought that sighting a butterfly - or the more colorful of the moth genre - to be an especially lovely, unexpected treat to the soul and eyes. When one chooses to gift me with its brief, ethereal visit, I can't help but feel a lightness in my heart.
If you see happen to have a camera or camera phone on you when you spot one, you can submit the sighting and photo to The Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) project for identification and inclusion in their rich database - no experience or species knowledge is needed.
You can also volunteer to be a photograph editor and add other users' verified photographs to their quite extensive image gallery.
I am eagerly awaiting the confirmation of the species, below, left, that I recently submitted to them. It was a photo from my phone camera taken 2 years ago, possibly of a Red-spotted Purple Butterfly?
The audio track used is the mystical The Song of the Butterfly, by Estas Tonne, Istvan Sky Kék Ég, Pablo Arellano, and Indrė Kuliešiūtė.