Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Tropical Butterflies from Exhibits or around the world

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Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Feb 23, 2010 12:20 AM CST
I will start off with one or two pictures from three years ago....I volunteered at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden's exhibit. It is here again this year and I will once again be able to photograph the beauties.

If you have any to show, please do.

This is a Blue Morpho basking, they don't keep their wings open very long....I was lucky.

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Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Feb 23, 2010 12:24 AM CST
This is what the Blue Morpho look like when the wings are closed. The more muted coloring is their protection.

The little guy nearby is a Pink Cattle Heart Swallowtail.

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Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Sep 3, 2011 5:02 PM CST
This is three (3) butterflies. The mating pair of Blue Morphos were joined by a persistant male who wanted to join in. He stayed there for thirty or 45 minutes until someone disturbed them. Thumb of 2011-09-03/Sheila_FW/48e850
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fiwit
Sep 3, 2011 5:10 PM CST
Sheila_FW said:I will start off with one or two pictures from three years ago....I volunteered at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden's exhibit. It is here again this year and I will once again be able to photograph the beauties.

If you have any to show, please do.

This is a Blue Morpho basking, they don't keep their wings open very long....I was lucky.

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I've lost track of how many times I've attempted to get a shot like that -- finally did, I think. Will have to dig around my hard drive when I get back to my house.

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sheryl
Sep 4, 2011 7:21 AM CST
That's an amazing butterfly. I imagine having their wings open just attracts too much attention ... you just don't see that color very often in nature.
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Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Sep 4, 2011 11:19 AM CST
Yes, they do attract attention! The kids at the exhibit chase after them with their arms streched out wanting them to land on them! LOL!
This was one of the workers that picked one up off of the walkway.
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Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Sep 4, 2011 11:26 AM CST
The Zebra Longwings roosting for the night.
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Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Sep 4, 2011 11:34 AM CST
This is one of the Charaxas butterflies

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Name: Sandy Coffman
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wren
Sep 4, 2011 1:02 PM CST
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fiwit
Sep 4, 2011 3:23 PM CST
I can't wait for cooler temps... I'll sneak down to Callaway and spend some time in their butterfly house.... but not when it's the same temp/humidity indoors as outdoors. Hilarious!
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Name: Mary
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fiwit
Sep 4, 2011 3:26 PM CST
Sheila -- YOU can probably tell me what was going on in this picture...
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I would swear the butterfly went IN the bird's mouth on occasion. The bird just kept his mouth open -- it almost seemed ilke the buttefly was getting something from the bird's tongue?
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I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Sep 4, 2011 6:28 PM CST
LOL! I have no clue what is going on! Confused Hilarious! The butterfly may be a bushfoot family species and attracted to fruit that the bird ate?? Only a guess. Was it in the butterfly exhibit??
Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Sep 4, 2011 8:17 PM CST
Really great shots, Shelia.
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Name: Mary
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fiwit
Sep 5, 2011 4:00 AM CST
Sheila_FW said:LOL! I have no clue what is going on! Confused Hilarious! The butterfly may be a bushfoot family species and attracted to fruit that the bird ate?? Only a guess. Was it in the butterfly exhibit??


Yeah, it was. That was back in Sept 2002. I don't know how long I stood there watching these 2 and trying to get a photo.
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I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
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Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Sep 5, 2011 4:47 PM CST
Was that at the Callaways Garden exhibit? It wasn't there when I got to go a couple years ago, it may have ate a few and got fired! LOL!
Name: Mary
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fiwit
Sep 5, 2011 6:22 PM CST
Sheila_FW said:Was that at the Callaways Garden exhibit? It wasn't there when I got to go a couple years ago, it may have ate a few and got fired! LOL!


Yeah... they don't have the birds out all the time, but the most recent time I was there (spring 2010?), the bird was still there. Big Grin
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Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
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wren
Sep 23, 2011 12:45 PM CST
It could be getting something from the liquid in the birds mouth.

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jmorth
Oct 18, 2011 1:55 AM CST
Houston Museum of Natural History's 3 story Butterfly House (inside vista).
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Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Oct 25, 2011 9:30 PM CST
Nice photos! I know what all except the last one is.

The exhibit here opens again this next March 2012, and I can't wait to get to volunteer at it.
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Oct 29, 2011 6:54 AM CST
Great pics as always, J!
In the end, only kindness matters.

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