Butterfly Pictures from the Hilbert Conservatory in Indianapolis

Butterflies at White River Gardens at the Indianapolis Zoo

These butterfly pictures were taken in the Hilbert Conservatory at the White River Gardens next to the Indianapolis Zoo. There were about ten varieties of species easily spotted within a half an hour. Almost any color of butterfly is included and most are beautiful. If you are in the indy area and you visit the zoo, make sure to stop by the butterfly exhibit. It is included in your zoo admission price and is worth a walk through. It's easy to just point and shoot great pictures when the butterflies are all around you. Make sure to take a camera with you.

Butterflies are not only pretty, they are an important part of our ecosystem. They only rank second to bees in pollination of plants. Humans depend on these beautiful insects more than we may realize.

Free Pictures of Butterflies

The outside entrance of the Hilbert Conservatory at White River Gardens
The outside entrance of the Hilbert Conservatory at White River Gardens | Source
This is a view of the foliage inside the butterfly exhibit.
This is a view of the foliage inside the butterfly exhibit. | Source
Owl Butterfly
Owl Butterfly | Source
Owl Butterfly
Owl Butterfly | Source
Postman Butterfly
Postman Butterfly | Source
Postman Butterfly
Postman Butterfly | Source
Postman Butterfly
Postman Butterfly | Source
Sapho Longwing Butterfly
Sapho Longwing Butterfly | Source
Zebra Longwing Butterfly
Zebra Longwing Butterfly | Source
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These are a couple owl butterflies on a feeding station.
These are a couple owl butterflies on a feeding station. | Source
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The butterflies will land on just about anything, including you sometimes.
The butterflies will land on just about anything, including you sometimes. | Source
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The landscaping is well defined with a neat appearance.
The landscaping is well defined with a neat appearance. | Source
This is a shot across the exhibit. It feels like you are in an indoor tropical jungle.
This is a shot across the exhibit. It feels like you are in an indoor tropical jungle. | Source
The is just outside the butterfly exhibit. The White River gardens are pretty landscape.
The is just outside the butterfly exhibit. The White River gardens are pretty landscape. | Source
Well manage shrubs at the White River gardens.
Well manage shrubs at the White River gardens.
The front door to the conservatory
The front door to the conservatory | Source

Camoflage butterfly

Malachite butterfly: A great example of camouflage.
Malachite butterfly: A great example of camouflage.

Beautiful Butterfly

Blue butterfly
Blue butterfly

Address of the Butterfly Exhibit

A marker1200 W. Washington St. Indpls., IN 46222 -
1200 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222, USA
[get directions]

The Hilbert Conservatory at White River Gardens is actually part of the Indianapolis Zoo, so just follow the Zoo signs when you get close.

African Butterflies

Blue-banded Diadem
Blue-banded Diadem
Blue-banded Diadem
Blue-banded Diadem
Blue-banded Diadem
Blue-banded Diadem
Citrus Swallowtail
Citrus Swallowtail
Citrus Swallowtail
Citrus Swallowtail
Citrus Swallowtail
Citrus Swallowtail
Citrus Swallowtail
Citrus Swallowtail
Citrus Swallowtail
Citrus Swallowtail

Beautiful Colorful Butterfly Pictures

Blue Morpho
Blue Morpho
Golden Helicon
Golden Helicon
Golden Helicon
Golden Helicon
Golden Helicon
Golden Helicon
Julia Longwing
Julia Longwing
Julia Longwing
Julia Longwing
Julia Longwing
Julia Longwing
Julia Longwing
Julia Longwing
Julia Longwing
Julia Longwing
Julia Longwing
Julia Longwing
Julia Longwing
Julia Longwing
Julia Longwing
Julia Longwing
Julia Longwing
Julia Longwing

The life cycle of butterflies

Egg, caterpillar, pupa/chrysalis, butterfly, the life cycle of the butterfly is dramatic to say the least.  The pupa stage is one of the butterfly's life stages. It hangs upside down like a bat and develops into a beautiful, graceful butterfly. Pupas have a hard candy shell so they will melt in your mouth not in your hand, just kidding. Just think if humans had a stage like this. Talk about an awkward stage. Even awkward tween years would seem easy compared to this. It would totally be worth it though when we take off that first time and float effortlessly through the air. Then comes the last stage, getting eaten by a bird.

Chrysalis

Line of butterfly pupa
Line of butterfly pupa

Fix a butterfly wing

Believe it or not this is a video about how to do emergency surgery on a butterfly's broken wing.  The guy in the video makes it look so easy, as if he is repairing the wing on some sort of balsa wood glider that just crashed into the ground.  I am not sure who has time for this, but it is interesting.  It involves collecting extra wings first, so it takes more planning than a normal person would have done.

How to Repair a Butterfly Wing

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eonsaway 7 years ago from New Mexico, USA

I noticed that the guy who was repairing the butterfly wings seemed to have small hands. Very nice photos and hub.


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whitney_185 7 years ago

WOW! I wish I needed a picture of a butterfly for something! These are great! REALLY. Very stunning work. I'm assuming you took these?


Amit 6 years ago

hey such lovely pics of butterflies..butterflies are bit difficult to photograph n i think its the best capture you can get..good job..thanx for sharing


Mary 6 years ago

I wanted a butterfly insperation and found it here. thanks so much.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

Beautifully photographed. I enjoyed your hub and your humor.


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Alice N Wonder 5 years ago from USA

Spectacular owl!


Fenway101 4 years ago

I really liked the video of repairing the wing I would never have known how to do that


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Storytellersrus 4 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Very generous and stunning photos. I have not seen one of a butterfly's wing in motion. Very cool. I read a comment you made on one of my hubs two years ago and it still made me laugh. I had to stop by and say hello.

Last week I was in Florida with my aging mother in law. She did not want to go into the butterfly pavilion at their botanical gardens but I eventually snuck her inside- she was in a wheelchair, what could she say?

I could not get her out of there! Everything fascinated her, from the butterflies crawling from the chrysalis to the Zebra butterflies- Florida's state bf- to a discussion of how long they live and why they fly to Mexico. What a wonderful world we live in, I thought!


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Blake Flannery 4 years ago from United States Author

I agree, it is an amazing world we live in. Butterflies are also a good reminder of how beautiful, yet short lived life can be.

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