Some days ago I had the privilege of attending a butterfly exhibit at our local botanical garden, Powell Gardens. They had raised a selection of species from the tropical Americas: butterflies about twice as large as any that inhabit my more northerly gardens, ranging from brilliant blues and reds to subtle, leaf-mimicking patterns that flare suddenly to large eyes flashing in the shade like a peacock's tail.
Fortunately, I had my camera along! And Powell Gardens is very photographer-friendly, which made it a pleasant visit. In fact, they were holding a special session for photographers just as I left.
I had only about an hour to wander around the conservatory, clicking the enormous creatures clinging to the undersides of branches, or sipping from lantana blooms. I was interested to see that lantana was one of the chief nectar sources they were supplying, as I found it to be the butterflies' favorite flower in my Arizona garden, with lavender coming second. With bees it was the other way round, but as soon as our autumn butterflies began to arrive from more northern regions, they went straight to the lantana...
But back to the exhibit! I have had to rely on friends for most of my identifications, as I got rather confused by the signage in my hurry to photograph as many of these beauties as I could. I think most of these are correct, but I may still have gotten something mixed up!
Still here they are... Hope you enjoy them!
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