Friday, January 4, 2008
We visited the live tropical butterfly exhibit at Tucson Botanical Gardens to enjoy the approximately 100 different species in residence from Australia, Asia, Africa and the tropical Americas.
June Bug (Junius sillius) from North America
My husband insists that I include this photo he took of me.
Blue Clipper (Parthenos sylvia) from Southeast Asia
I took these pictures as practice using my new Christmas camera gift.
Zebra Longwing (Heliconius charithonia) from South and Central Americas
The exhibit is about the size of a master bedroom and is a hot, humid greenhouse full of orchids and other plants to foster healthy butterflies.
Boisduval’s Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana) from India, Costa Rica, and China
It was a wonderful experience—butterflies of all sizes, shapes, and colors flitted about here and there and some even used me as a perch. It felt like I was being blessed.
There’s also an Emergence Room where you can watch the butterflies emerge from their chrysalides—a magical metamorphosis.
Julia Longwing (Dryas Julia) from the U.S. and South/Central Americas
Butterflies only live about two weeks. This poor butterfly was dying; I felt so bad about it that I had to honor Julia Longwing’s brief life by taking a picture.