This is a newly emerged Black Swallowtail that over-wintered in her chrysalis on our front porch. She let the girls gently hold her while she dried her wings. We were so entranced by her beauty!
This baby praying mantis had no worries with the girls holding her as well. She crawled all over their hands and arms with curiosity before making her leap into our herb garden.
This beautiful bumble let the girls pet her while she was harvesting nectar, she also didn't seem to mind me and my camera just inches away. Have you ever pet a bumblebee? It's better to try this when they are at rest however, not busy harvesting. Softly and gently use your pinky finger to pet this lovely creature and the bumble will reward you with a touch and no sting.
I will leave you with my favorite poem. It's a creed that my girls and I passionately live by.
Hurt no living thing
Ladybird nor butterfly,
Nor moth with dusty wing,
Nor cricket chirping cheerily,
Nor grasshopper, so light of leap,
Nor dancing gnat,
Nor beetle fat,
Nor harmless worms that creep
I have to admit though...when I see a tick climbing up one of my girl's legs, I am known to flush it. I feel incredibly guilty, but I still flush it! ;)