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Night_Bloom
Griffin, GA
(Zone 8a)

May 11, 2005
8:05 AM

Post #1461936

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.

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Night_Bloom
Griffin, GA
(Zone 8a)

May 11, 2005
8:10 AM

Post #1461937

And here's what a Morpho butterfly looks like when its wings are closed.

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Night_Bloom
Griffin, GA
(Zone 8a)

May 11, 2005
8:16 AM

Post #1461938

And here's a tropical beauty who landed on my dear Hubby's arm so that I could take his picture.

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MsCritterkeeper
The Heart of Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 11, 2005
8:25 AM

Post #1461939

Those are incredible photos!! Just beautiful.


Thanks for sharing ,
MsC

woodspirit1

woodspirit1
Lake Toxaway, NC
(Zone 7a)

April 12, 2007
8:27 AM

Post #3382247

Can anyone tell me what the red one is?
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 12, 2007
11:14 AM

Post #3382853

Lovely pics Night Bloom!! Thx for sharing!
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 12, 2007
9:07 PM

Post #3384684

Night_Bloom - Very lovely butterflies! Though I wonder if they are native to Florida? If so, I have never seen either around my area.
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 12, 2007
9:14 PM

Post #3384706

Wow, that Morpho butterfly is amazing. : )
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 12, 2007
9:18 PM

Post #3384716

Here is alittle info on the Morpho.
http://entweb.clemson.edu/museum/buttrfly/exotic/bfly7.htm
terrieurban
Indialantic, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 12, 2007
9:24 PM

Post #3384740

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.

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