Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Butterflies at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterflies in the greenhouse at the Botanical Gardens, a fund-raiser special event lasting until February. The butterflies were raised in sanctioned butterfly farms in "Costa Rica, Southeast Asia and other tropic locations", shipped in the chrysalis or pupal stage and raised to emergence at the gardens and then released into the greenhouse. It was hot and very humid in the greenhouse but fun trying to get photos.

The top one is called (at least in English) a Paper Kite (Idea luconoe), the bottom one is a Great Mormon (Papilio memnon). Both are Asian.


Blogger Lavender Lady said...

They are beautiful photos. How lucky you were to capture them.

12:23 AM  
Blogger Carlos said...

I just can say, wow. Amazing capture. These two exotic specimens, exotic at least for me, look gorgeous, specially with such a close take.

1:21 AM  
Blogger Curly said...

Hey Louz,

I've NEVER seen butteflies as big as these before!

4:30 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Louz, these are great photos of truly beautiful creatures. So delicate and you photographed and captured their loveliness so well. I wish I could see them in their environment. Lucky you!

6:15 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Super images!

6:23 AM  
Blogger Lisi said...

wow, those are big butterflies...and your photos are beautiful!

7:57 AM  
Blogger Louz said...

I'd never photographed butterflies before and most of the photos I took weren't very good, blurred because they moved, out of focus, whatever. Sometimes they'd just sit there quietly but most of the time they were, well, rather flighty. It was fun to try, anyway. Thanks for the visit guys.

12:30 PM  

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