PodaliriusA Story by Sarah Stephen
Once, in a land of rolling green hills, blossoming with tiny flowers and numerous insects Zeus spotted a beautiful, young maiden frolicking with the birds. Zeus, being the great admirer of beauty, instantly fell in love with her. Zeus disguised himself as a swallow and flew down to earth.
After two weeks of tickling and teasing, Zeus presented himself as a handsome young man. Podalirius was so over-whelmed by his beauty that she instantly lifted her white skirt around her arms and lay down on the soft foliage, like a gorgeous angel with bare legs. Before Zeus could take the young maiden, Hera appeared.
Zeus’ wife shook with jealousy, screaming at Zeus for his infidelities. Then Hera suddenly turned on the fearful maiden and spoke with a menacing calmness, “For weeks you have brought shame and disgrace upon your self for cavorting absent-mindedly through these fields, so I condemn you to relive the past two weeks!” Hera quickly picked the closest flower and sprinkled Podalirius with the pollen. The beautiful maiden started shrinking and within seconds, she had been transformed into a butterfly! The shape of her wings reflected her crime; an upturned skirt and bare legs.
The Iphiclides Podalirius or Scarce Swallowtail butterfly have a life-span of two weeks and can be seen frolicking all over Greece, serving as a reminder to Zeus that not all beauties can be captured
© 2012 Sarah Stephen
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