A young poet beetle falls in love with an injured butterfly, a creature from
outside his own realm. The other insects around him are disturbed: some try to
persuade him to be sensible and remain in his own sphere, but others realise
that the need to follow one’s heart’s desire, into the imagination, may be the only
way to freedom. Lorca’s first play is a symbolist masterpiece, exploring many of
the characteristic themes, of forbidden love and the imminence of death, that
infuse his later work.