Butterflies - Up Close and Beautiful

Idea leuconoe - Tree Nymph
Idea leuconoe - Tree Nymph | Source

Butterflies Up Close

If like me you love butterflies and enjoy watching them visiting your garden, but would love to see different and more exotic species of butterfly, I would recommend a visit to a butterfly farm.

I visited the butterfly zoo in Symonds Yat, situated in the beautiful Wye Valley England a few days ago and was rewarded with an absolutely delightful treat.

I was welcomed by a very helpful and friendly member of staff who explained the butterfly’s life cycle which comprises of 4 stages during which they undergo complete metamorphosis.

1. Egg - a butterfly begins life as an egg which are laid on the leaves of plants.

2. Larva - the larva (caterpillar) hatches from the egg and eats leaves or flowers. It loses it’s skin constantly as it grows.

3. It turns into a pupa (chrysalis) this is a resting stage.

4. A beautiful adult butterfly emerges.

He guided me to a plant and pointed out a caterpillar and pupa, I was amazed how camouflaged they were and could have easily missed them. I was given 4 information sheets and also a magnifying glass, my excitement increased even more!


Larva - Caterpillar
Larva - Caterpillar | Source
Pupa - Chrysalis
Pupa - Chrysalis | Source

I gasped in sheer delight, as I stood in complete fascination and wonder watching the butterflies seemingly dance in flight. Within seconds a butterfly landed on my arm and then just as quickly soared into the air again.

With my information sheet I was able to identify the different species of butterflies, I had never seen any of them before. What a joy it was to photograph them up close, here are just a few butterfly photos to share with you.


Idea leuconoe - Tree Nymph
Idea leuconoe - Tree Nymph | Source
Idea leuconoe - Tree Nymph
Idea leuconoe - Tree Nymph | Source
Idea leuconoe - Tree Nymph
Idea leuconoe - Tree Nymph | Source

Idea leuconoe - Tree Nymph

Habitat - South East Asian mangrove swamp

These are large butterflies, their wingspan is 95 to 110 cm across.

This butterfly is also known as the 'Paper kite' or 'Rice paper'.

They are very slow in flight with warning colours, which is advertising the fact it’s very poisonous to eat.

It’s caterpillar stores Pyrrolizidine alkaloid poisons from their host plant. Any predator that nibbles one of these will become extremely ill.



Great oto - Glasswing
Great oto - Glasswing | Source
Great oto - Glasswing
Great oto - Glasswing | Source

Great Oto - Glasswing

Habitat - Central America

The Glasswing is appropriately named for it’s translucent wings.

The females will only lay one egg per plant. The adult butterfly will search far and wide for mates and also for poisonous host plants that their caterpillars eat, the longest journey recorded being over 40 kilometers in 24 hours.

Because of it’s translucent wings this butterfly is virtually invisible in the dim light of forests.



Siproeta stelenes - The Malachite
Siproeta stelenes - The Malachite | Source
Siproeta stelenes - The Malachite
Siproeta stelenes - The Malachite | Source
Siproeta stelenes - The Malachite
Siproeta stelenes - The Malachite | Source

Siproeta Stelenes - The Malachite

Habitat - Central America

This butterfly is named after the mineral of the same colour. It has fast powerful flight and a wingspan of just 10 cm.

It actually prefers to eat rotten fruit, rotting animal juices and bat dung to nectar.

Their caterpillars are horned, spiny and black with red markings.


Caligo memnon - The Owl
Caligo memnon - The Owl | Source

Caligo memnon - The Owl

Habitat - Mexico to South America

The butterfly’s size and powerful appearance in flight puts off most predators, it has a wing span of upto 15 cm.

A butterfly that feeds off rotten fruit, it is camouflaged at rest.

The ‘eye spot’ may scare predators but is probably an artifact of camouflage colouration processes during wing growth.



Prepona demophon - Banded King Shoemaker
Prepona demophon - Banded King Shoemaker | Source

Prepona demophon - Banded King Shoemaker

Habitat South America

This butterfly feeds on rotten fruit (and even carrion) in this photo it is tucking into some tasty rotten banana!

The Banded King Shoemaker relies on camouflage when it's at rest, flash colouring when it's disturbed, and it's high speed and great agility when in flight. It also clicks it’s wings when disturbed, a scary noise for predators.


I have also written More Butterflies up Close & Beautiful - part 2


A related hub I recommend reading is by Peggy W - Butterflies Galore in Houston Texas




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Comments 128 comments

Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Beautiful pictures and very interesting. I love Butterflies and look forward to spring when they start to appear. Thank you for sharing..

Have a wonderful day,

Sunnie


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

OMG, these photos are exquisite and truly do the butterflies justice. They are such beautiful creatures and your shots captured their luminous glow.

I was riding my bike through a forest preserve yesterday and came upon a field of wild flowers and butterly bushes. There were only a few butterflies but one followed me for a few minutes as I rode out of the preserve and it was thrilling. Although I wanted to take its picture, I didn't want to stop riding because I feared it would end the magic moment, so I just kept going, fully entranced by being followed.

Voted up across the board except for funny.


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thebluestar 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

Stunning photographs Lesley. Ahhh the butterfly, I hope my heart will fly on a butterflies wing this Spring, and touch many others with happiness. Beautiful hub, thank you so much for sharing. :)


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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You

My goodness Movie Master, such lovely photos. Isn't nature wonderful... I particularly like the Glasswing.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi MM! You never cease to amaze. You obviously love the camera! And truth be told, it really loves YOU! Stunning, beautiful, amazing! And voted up, up and away!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sunnie, this was a great opportunity to see some different species of butterfly, I had a wonderful time - glad you enjoyed the photos and many thanks for your comments, take care Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Nett, thank you for stopping by and leaving your beautiful comments, enjoy your day and enjoy spring! - best wishes lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Gail, I had a wonderful time taking photos of these butterflies, I was in there so long I thought they might come and throw me out!

That sounds like such a magical moment on your bike with the butterfly, how lovely...

Thank you for your comments and votes, take care and see you soon, Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi timorous, yes nature is absolutely wonderful!

The Glasswing is my favourite too!

Many thanks for your comments, they are much appreciated, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Dex, it's always good to see you, many thanks for your very complimentary comments and votes, they are much appreciated, enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I think the tree nymph and glasswing are so beautiful. You have a very nice write-up on of your outing and lovely photos that captured the highlihts of your visit. Thanks for sharing information on the butterflies. Voted up!


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Cloverleaf 4 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Absolutely incredible photographs! The tree nymph is totally fascinating; I can't believe that their wing span can be up to 110cm! I hope that you will take us there next month? Derek and I would love to experience this.

Voted up! x


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I love butterfly's. We have a Butterfly Conservatory here in Niagara Falls, Ontario, that I've been wanting to go to.

Your pictures are amazing. I would love to see a glasswing.

Up and beautiful!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Wow Lesley, these are gorgeous photos; I love the glasswing butterfly, what a delicate little creature. You have a real talent! Voted up etc, etc.


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

What a treat, you must have enjoyed the Butterfly zoo so much and thank you for taking us along. Your photos are magical. I love the Tree Nymph and the photos with their beautiful black and white patterned wings against the delicate lilac flowers is exquisite. The Glasswings are amazing.

Just love them all and your talented photography!!! Thank you so much for SHARING, Lesley, my votes and best wishes to you!!


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

This is awesome. Loved the photos. You are an excellent photographer, you work wonders with your camera. Voted up. Enjoyed the hub.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Your photography is par excellence. I am visualizing your 2013 calendar offerings now. Thanks for the day trip to this exciting world of crystal clear color.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi teaches12345, the glasswing is my favourite, I was delighted I was able to capture it's translucent wings. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the photos, many thanks for your comments and votes, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Cloverleaf, it's on the list 'to do'!!

If it hadn't been so hot in there I would have stayed all day! I absolutely loved it and can't wait to take you:-) x


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Susan, I hope you get to visit your butterfly conservatory, I'm already looking forward to going again when Cloverleaf is over next month!

The Glasswing was my favourite too, many thanks for your comments and votes, best wishes Lesley


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

wow..lesley...will show these to my kid. It's like being amongst nature.

awesome and beautiful and voted up.


paddyboy60 4 years ago

Beautiful pictures. I am a self taught naturalist. I study nature all the time and do programs for zoos and such. I always enjoy your pictures. Thanks


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Lesley,

As I was reading this and looking at your fabulous photos of the butterflies, I thought that I would link this to my hub...and I see that you have already added a link of mine to yours. Thank you! Will return the favor. Your photos are stunning! All appropriate up votes and sharing this with my followers.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

This Hub is great! I have a milkweed plant in my yard. It supplies us with the miracle of butterflies frequently. Very interesting. You know, I did a Hub on the butterfly from the beginning stages right on and I have to say not many people have been interested in it. I did a lot of research for the article, too. As usual, your photos are wonderful. I voted this UP, etc.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Your photos are magnificent. Than kyou for this tribute to the gentlest of creatures.


susanm23b 4 years ago

Your photos are so lovely! The glasswing is truly amazing--I have never seen that kind of butterfly before.

Years ago when I taught 4th grade science, we always had caterpillars and watched and studied them as they grew, shed their skins and finally turned into a chrysalis. The children and I thought was so amazing the way their skin fell away and the chrysalis was underneath. Later, we watched them emerge, fed them sugar water for a few days and then released them outside. It was a great science project.

Enjoyed this very much! Voted up!


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The Frog Princess 4 years ago from Florence area of the Great Pee Dee of South Carolina

Oh thank you for sharing this beautiful hub. I just love to see butterflies in the early spring. What beauty God has shared with us.

Donna


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Awesome photos! This is the first time I've heard of a glasswing - it looks really cool in the photo and I imagine breathtaking to see in person.

Thanks for sharing these with us!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Butterfly is one of the most beautiful creature in the world. I found several species here and I learn much from you. You complete this hub with beautiful pictures. Good job, Lesley. Rated up (useful, awesome. beautiful, interesting) and have a nice day :-)

Prasetio


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

The life of the butterfly is amazing and you were able to capture it in phopos..Beautiful Lesley..Thank you for sharing with us...


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sunbun143 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Beautiful photos! Great job on the hub - very informative and interesting. I love butterflies but I've never heard of the glasswing...nature can produce such magic, can't it?


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sofs 4 years ago

OMG! This is awesome. I envy you Lesley... These pictures.. oh so wonderful... I just love them.. this is too good not to be shared... Thank you for making my day so lovely. Have an awesome day! God Bless :)


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My Minds Eye53 4 years ago from Tennessee

Boy would I like to go on a photo junket with you! We would have a ball. Beautiful, beautiful photos. I have seen some of these but thought they were moths - how dumb can I be.

Thank you for introducing me to the Glasswing, what a wonderful butterfly.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Fascinating hub lesley. Your photos are incredible.

The Tree nymph is fascinating, its hard to imagine a butterfly with a wingspan os 110 cm, that is huge.

Loved the Glasswing, easy to see how it got its name. 40 K's is an awful long way for a butterfly to travel

I look forward to seeing part 2

Great job


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

moviemaster, these images are stunning. When I was a child we used to have a lot of butterflies to be seen even in the cities but with the increasing population and reduction in greenery it is becoming far less common to come across them. They are indeed so colorful. The owl butterflies' eye spot is sufficient to scare away predators for sure.

Thanks for an interesting hub.

Voted up.


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Karanda 4 years ago from Australia

Truly amazing photos. We have the Ulysses here in northern Australia, when the sun catches their wings they are a brilliant almost psychedelic blue. The glasswing butterfly is exquisite. Thank you for sharing your images, priceless!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Jools, if I had only seen the Glasswing on my visit I would have been quite happy! isn't it just delightful!!

Thank you for your comments and votes, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Annie, I had the best time! I love butterflies and just don't know why I have never visited a butterfly farm before - I plan on taking Cloverleaf next month when she comes over!

Thank you for your fabulous comments and votes, they mean so much to me!

Enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Vellur, thank you for stopping by and your lovely comments and votes, what a great subject to photograph - I had an amazing time!

Have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mike, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit - of course you're right, there has to be a butterfly calendar!! that idea has to go on my 'to do' list for sure!

Many thanks, take care and see you soon, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ruchira, your comments meant so much to me thank you!

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Paddy, many thanks for stopping by, it's always good to see you, I didn't realise you were a lover of nature and also do programs too! pity there is a few miles between us - we'd have so much to talk about!!

All the best, Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Peggy, I enjoyed reading your hub on butterflies, thank you for adding a link to mine, and many thanks for your comments, votes and sharing it's much appreciated!

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mary, thank you for visiting - I didn't realise you had written a hub on butterflies, I will certainly read it!

Many thanks for your comments and votes, take care Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Hyphenbird, thank you for visiting and your lovely comments, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello susan, what a wonderful school project, it must have been fascinating for the children!

Thank you for your comments and votes, they are much appreciated, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello the Frog Princess, yes isn't nature truly wonderful!

I'm so pleased you enjoyed the photos, thank you.

Best wishes lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Kris, I had never seen or heard of the Glasswing before, it was my favourite butterfly of the day, truly beautiful!

Many thanks for your comments, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi prasetio, I'm so pleased you have enjoyed reading and thank you for your wonderful comments and votes, they mean a lot to me, take care Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ruby, thank you for stopping by, glad you enjoyed reading! take care and see you soon, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello sunbun, yes nature certainly does produce some wonderful magic! the Glasswing was so delicate, it quite took my breath away!

Thank you for your comments, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sofs, your comments made me smile, thank you so much and for sharing too!

Have a fabulous day and see you soon, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi My Minds Eye, Thank you for your fabulous comments - bet we would have a blast!!

The Glasswing is my favourite too!

Have a wonderful day and take care, Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Rosemay, the more research I did, the more interesting butterflies became! The tree nymph I saw weren't that big, but apparently they can be. It's amazing that something so small can fly so far too!

I am now busy writing part 2, thank you so much for your comments, take care Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi ragan jolly, like you we don't seem to see so many butterflies these days, so it was a real treat to see so many different species up close at the butterfly zoo, glad you enjoyed it and many thanks for your comments and votes.

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Karanda, I have never seen the Ulysess butterfly, their colours are breathtaking - I am quite envious, lucky you!

Thank you for your comments, they are much appreciated.

Best wishes Lesley


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TENKAY 4 years ago from Philippines

I love the pictures, they are all so beautiful. In our country, we believe that butterflies are souls of our dearly departed who comes and visit us from time to time. So when we see one inside the house, we feel so happy for the 'soul' visitor.

Voted up and beautiful.


A.CreativeThinker 4 years ago

Butterflies are so beautiful and you have captured that

beauty in your photos Lesley. Thanks for sharing. Voted Up!

Take Care :)

Angel


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Tenkay, what a wonderful thought - butterflies are souls of our departed loved ones, that makes their sightings even more precious.

Thank you for your lovely comments and votes, they are much appreciated.

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Angel, thank you for stopping by and your comments and votes, glad you enjoyed it!

Have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley


paddyboy60 4 years ago

Yes ma'am we would. Nature is is my favorite subject. I have my funny side, but I also have a very serious side. I love nature and I love to talk about it.


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

Just pass through a hub with spring flower photos and then yours with butterflies. Feeling of passing through spring season. Voted up and beautiful.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi again Paddy, nature is my favourite subject too and I love taking photos of it!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi dinkan53, many thanks for stopping by, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit, many thanks for your comments and votes, best wishes Lesley


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

You have some beautiful photos in this hub, as always, Lesley. All the butterflies are interesting to look at, but the Glasswing looks especially interesting! Thanks for the descriptions as well as the photos.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

A fabulous hub and gorgeous photos! You are very talented with your camera. Voting you UP, beautiful, and awesome! Will share this hub with my followers.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

This is another really beautiful hub. I love the glasswing butterfly. I've never seen one before. I wish my mother had the internet because she would absolutely love this. I will have to print it for her. Thank you for sharing your photos and story with us. Voted up, beautiful, and shared!


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anglnwu 4 years ago

Amazing. The butterflies are lovely, made beautiful through your lenses. I love the Glasswing--how appropriate and the owl, the resemblance is uncanny. Great beautiful job, you did and thanks for sharing your butterfly visit with us. Rated up and up.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Alicia, the Glasswing is my favourite too, I was delighted with this photo, it's small and with it's translucent wings not easy to spot!

Thank you for your comments, have a great weekend, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Au fait, thank you for visiting, your comments, votes and sharing it's much appreciated - glad you enjoyed reading.

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Jeannie, I hope you manage to print the photos ok to show your mother, many thanks for your comments, votes and sharing, it's much appreciated, have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi anginwu, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, thank you for your comments and votes.

Have a great weekend, and see you soon, best wishes Lesley


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

What a wonderful way to start my day! Open up HubPages and see butterflies! The tree nymph is my favorite.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Good Morning Lilleyth, thank you for visiting and your comments, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Best wishes Lesley


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clairemy 4 years ago

What a wonderful hub, and butterflies need all the help we can give them.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello clairemy, thank you for visiting and your comments they are much appreciated.

Have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley


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rtburroughs2 4 years ago

These are great pictures,you have a new follower, I am also going to share on Facebook.


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mljdgulley354 4 years ago

Beautiful photos and great information. I have always wondered how during the evolving stages butterflies fight off predators.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Lesley, if you taught a photography class, I would come to the UK just to attend! Your photos are outstanding.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Excellent hub! Beautiful pictures and great information. I love the glass wing butterfly, so unique. Thank you for sharing your visit with us. Voted up, beautiful and sharing on my blog. Have a beautiful day Lesley! :)


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JKenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

Great hub Movie Master. This reminds me of a trip I took to the butterfly farm in Stratford upon Avon. I've already seen a few wild butterflies, including the beautiful Peacock butterfly. I love this time of year, when everything is springing back to life. Voted up.


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tarajeyaram 4 years ago from Wonderland

OMG - Excellent hub! You have captured the beauty of the butterflies so wonderfully. Nice hub and excellent photos! I love watching butterflies hopping from one flower to another. Thanks for SHARING. Voting up.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland

All the photos are beautiful! I'm really amazed by the Glasswing. Nice hub!! :)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi rtburroughs2, it's nice to meet you, thank you for stopping by, your comments, follow and share it's much appreciated, I'll be visiting you later!

Best wishes Lesley


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Hi Movie Master, You took some of the coolest pictures!!! I really likes the on entitled, "Pupa"! I especially liked the "Great oto - Glasswing"...I have never seen anything like that before!

I like reading really fresh and beautiful hubs like this one! Voted up and shared!!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi mljdgulley, Thank you for visiting and your comments, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading.

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Deborah, thank you so much! if ever I do you will be the first to know!!

Best wishes Lesley


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

wow Lesley you sure have a keen eye for such intricate details of these magnificent and beautiful creatures. Loved it!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi sgbrown, the glasswing is my favourite too!

Many thanks for your comments, votes and sharing on your blog, it's much appreciated, take care and best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi James, it's nice to meet you, I use to live in Stratford on Avon!

The Peacock is one of my favourite butterflies, we get quite a few round here!

Many thanks for your comments and votes, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi tarajeyaram, I love butterflies - so I don't know why I have never thought of visiting a butterfly zoo before, I'm so glad you enjoyed reading, many thanks too for the votes, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Made, thank you for visiting and your comments, I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos.

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi iamaudraleigh, I like the Pupa photo - that was some camouflage!!

Many thanks for your great comments and votes and Happy Birthday!

best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ruchira, I had the best time photographing these butterflies and I am so pleased you have enjoyed them!

Many thanks and have a wonderful weekend, Lesley


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Just beautiful Lesley! I love the glasswing!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Audrey, thank you for stopping by and your comments, yes isn't the glasswing beautiful!

Take care, Lesley


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Gloshei 4 years ago from France

What beautiful pictures they are fasinating. I think the Glass wing has everyone's vote, it is just lovely.

can't wait for part2.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Gloshei, thank you for visiting and your comments, they are much appreciated, I hope you will enjoy part 2!

Best wishes Lesley


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DonnaCosmato 4 years ago from USA

Beautiful images and some great information as well. I love butterflies and hope they return to my "butterfly bush" again this year. Thanks for sharing; the Glass Wing is awesome:) Voted up and beautiful.


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Gloshei 4 years ago from France

You are welcome,


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Donna, thank you for visiting,your comments and votes, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, I hope you have lots of butterflies visiting your garden this summer!

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Donna, thank you for visiting,your comments and votes, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, I hope you have lots of butterflies visiting your garden this summer!

Best wishes Lesley


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Beautiful and so well created;amazing and I think all the comments second what I have just said.

Take care Lesley and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Eddy, your visit and wonderful comments are a lovely start to my week - thank you!

Enjoy your week and see you soon, best wishes Lesley


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Kamalesh050 4 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Magnificent photos. Great job Lesley! Keep it up.

Take care my friend. Best Wishes, Kamalesh

P.S. Voted Up & Awesome.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Kamalesh, it's always good to see you, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, many thanks for your comments and votes.

Take care and best wishes my friend, Lesley


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2uesday 4 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

The butterfly photos here are fantastic, I never knew that there were butterflies that had transparent wings. Thank you these were a pleasure to see.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi 2uesday, this was the first time I had seen the 'Glasswing' too, it was quite beautiful!

Many thanks for your lovely comments, they are much appreciated, have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

These pictures are truly gorgeous and the write up is educational. You have a gift for capturing these lovely creatures on film. Wonderful! I love the way that nature has enabled them to camouflage themselves in their surroundings.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Peg, isn't nature incredible - I was amazed how well camouflaged they were!

Many thanks for visiting and your comments, take care and best wishes Lesley


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Lovely photos of a lovely place. Some years ago I had a similar experience at a butterfly haven in Chicago.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi B. Leekley, I enjoyed my visit so much I am looking forward to going again already!

Thank you for visiting and your comments, best wishes Lesley


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Hi Lesley,

This is a relaxingly gorgeous piece that I missed. I am glad to be led back now that I can head immediately to Part 2. I appreciate the link to Peggy's hub as well.

Your photography is always top notch and this is no exception. The Malachite butterfly may be one of the loveliest I have ever seen, although each is beautiful in their own right.

Voted UP & UABI. Hugs, Maria


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Maria, thank you for visiting and your great comments, I agree the Malachite butterfly is quite beautiful!

Have a wonderful day, take care and see you soon, Lesley


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Lesley,

I remember going into the rain forest exhibit at the California Academy of Science in San Francisco. I was in awe of seeing so many colourful and beautiful butterflies.

Voted up and away.

Take Care :)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sue, Isn't great to get the opportunity to see these beautiful creatures up close - I too was in absolute awe of them!

Many thanks for visiting, your comments and votes, take care and best wishes Lesley


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Lesley, I can't believe I missed this first time around.

Your photo's are amazingly beautiful.I in particular like the Glass winged one.

Voted up awesome and beautiful, joyce.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Joyce, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the photos, the Glass winged butterfly is one of my favourites too!

Many thanks for your comments and votes, have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

HI MM... they are something to watch. A few years ago I visited a place called Butterfly World on the Vancouver Island here in Canada. An observation I made that day was watching a bus load of grumpy seniors getting off of a bus and turning into little children standing in amazement as the butterflies transformed them. It brought a smile to many faces... lovely.

Hugs from Canada


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Rolly, who can't fail but be mesmorised by the wonderful sight of butterflies! - thank you for sharing this lovely story!

Always good to see you Rolly, sending hugs to Canada, best wishes Lesley


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

Oh goodness oh me! I have never seen pictures of butterflies so beautiful and the glasswing nearly left me shocked! Such a wonderful hub MM! Bravo!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi QudsiaP1, thank you for stopping by and your lovely comments, I agree the glasswing is beautiful!

Take care and best wishes Lesley


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toknowinfo 4 years ago

Beautiful, beautiful hub. I love butterflies. In a busy, bustling world, when a butterfly appears, it just reminds me to stop and appreciate nature.


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The Frog Princess 4 years ago from Florence area of the Great Pee Dee of South Carolina

A beauty that God has giving us to watch, touch and enjoy. Excellent writing.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi toknowinfo, I agree - butterflies are so beautiful!

Thank you for your lovely comments, take care and best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi The Frog Princess, so true - a beautiful comment thank you!

Best wishes Lesley


olivia mollica 3 years ago

grat butterflys if you find eny more send them up.


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Olivia, thank you for visiting and your comments - there will be another hub with more photos as soon as I get some more!

Have a great day, best wishes Lesley

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