Malachite butterfly

26 07 2013

Malachite butterfly (Siproeta stelenes), a neotropical brush-footed butterfly, photographed at Brookside Gardens in their Wings of Fancy exhibit

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Monarch butterfly

14 07 2012

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Mating monarchs

13 07 2012

Photographed at Brookside Gardens’ Wings of Fancy exhibit; the blue/purple blobs in the background are Plumbago flowers

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Orange Dead Leaf Butterfly

20 07 2011

While sitting (in the butterfly-shaped chair, of course) and trying to cool off in the Wings of Fancy observatory, I glanced over at the plethora of butterflies gathered to feast on rotting fruit (yum!) and saw a leaf moving. Is that a leaf? Is that a leaf eating that rotten banana? I had never seen anything like it—it was a butterfly camouflaged as a leaf! I learned from a volunteer that it is the Orange Dead Leaf Butterfly or Oakleaf Butterfly (Kallima inachus), native to tropical Asia, India and Japan. Although I never saw it open its wings to reveal the intense complementary colors of blue and orange, I did see it on an ID sign (see inset photo). This species, just like the Common Morpho (that brilliant blue butterfly that never stays still long enough to let anyone photograph it!), is very dull-colored brown and tan on the outside, but so striking when the wings are open.





Brimstone Butterfly

20 07 2011

Brimstone Butterfly (Gonepteryx rhamni), photographed at Brookside Gardens’ Wings of Fancy exhibit

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A Monarch for a Monarch

20 07 2011

Dear King of Texas,

Your wish for your very own Monarch butterfly has been granted. I had to reach back into my ever-growing archive of Monarch butterflies to find the one most befitting of Your Highness. This was a photograph I took at Brookside Gardens in August 2010. I hope it meets your expectations! (You are advised to put on sunglasses before viewing—that punch of color is over the top, isn’t it?)

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Malachite Butterfly (Siproeta stelenes)

19 07 2011

Photographed at Brookside Gardens’ Wings of Fancy exhibit

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A Monarch for Mary Ellen

19 07 2011

Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

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