Did you know that on this day in 1904 Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly opened at the La Scala theatre in Milan, Italy? Well, it did. I think I am going to save the opera theme for the moment; this week's theme is dedicated to butterflies.
|These cushions are really fresh and summery. By VeeDubz|
|Such a cute little keyring by CLScraftcreations|
|How about a lovely dusky pink skirt with applique butterflies? By thecoliflower|
|And finally, a gorgeous tiara by tiaramania|
What little snippets of information can I find you this week?
- Madame Butterfly was really badly received: the audience hissed and booed throughout the performance and it was withdrawn after only one performance. The show was revamped and reopened four months later in Brescia where it was much more successful.
- Butterflies can't fly if their body temperature falls below 86 degrees
- There are about 24,000 different kinds of butterfly - nowhere near as many as moths though; they number about 140,000.
- The largest butterflies can be up to 12 inches across. The smallest - only 1/4 of an inch across.
- The only place you won't find butterflies is in Antarctica. They exist everywhere else, although being cold-blooded they much prefer warmer climes. There are very few in deserts as well as there isn't enough food for them to survive there.
- One of my favourite words in German is 'Schmetterling' - meaning butterfly. It's 'papillon' in French, 'farfalle' in Italian and 'babochka' (бабочка) in Russian.
- Thought I'd include an aria from Madame Butterfly for you: