Well since I have only seen one butterfly of note so far this year, and it didn't stop by for a visit. I thought I'd post a few pictures from my holiday vacation visit to the University of Florida butterfly "zoo". These first two are of a Morpho butterfly, both the "camouflaged" state and the open winged state. First we have the open winged shot.
University of Florida butterfly exhibit
Those are incredible photos!! Just beautiful.
Thanks for sharing ,
Night_Bloom - Very lovely butterflies! Though I wonder if they are native to Florida? If so, I have never seen either around my area.
Here is alittle info on the Morpho.
The butterflies in the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit up at UF are mostly imported.
When I went up there to attend the Florida butterfly festival last Oct. one of the tours I took was a tour of the Rainforest. We were told that about 90% of the butterflies in there were from other countries. They are classified as a USDA containment facility so they have to be extra cautious that none of the butterflies escape.
It was an amazing place. The butterflies would just land all over you. The guy giving the tour was literally being swarmed by Blue Morphos. If you ever get up to Gainesville you have to go. They are supposed to be doing another butterfly festival next Oct.
That's probably more information than you asked for.