Butterflies From Around the World

Some pictures I took of the butterflies

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This is not one butterfly but two! I believe these two are mating.  Don't miss the spots that mimic a bigger creature's eyes.
This is not one butterfly but two! I believe these two are mating. Don't miss the spots that mimic a bigger creature's eyes. | Source
This butterfly is mimicking a dead leaf, as a protective measure. The inside colors are amazing though.
This butterfly is mimicking a dead leaf, as a protective measure. The inside colors are amazing though. | Source

I love butterflies

I wanted to share some pictures from some butterfly houses and gardens that I have been going to over the last several years. These butterflies are amazing to observe as they are from all over the world. They are not in my own "neck of the woods" where I would usually get to observe them in their natural habitat. They import them to places like butterfly houses and gardens while still in their cocoons. Then they hatch out and are let loose into an environment that literally mimics their normal habitats. When you walk through and feel the heat and humidity, there is no denying you feel like you are in a different place!

The coloring of these butterflies likely will knock you out, as they did me. They are just so amazing and beautiful. I hope you enjoy getting to see here, what I was able to learn and observe during some of my visits to butterfly houses. Maybe you will learn something new that you didn't know before. For me, this helped me to appreciate these lovely creatures all the more.

Did you know that most of these butterflies, once having emerged from their cocoons, live only about 2 weeks? I was amazed to know this, and it made me enjoy and appreciate them and their beauty all the more. Some live a little longer, but not too much. I have seen some, that by the end of their life, have pretty beat up wings at the tips, but they are still beautiful.

Did you know, that you shouldn't ever touch a butterflies wings, because you can rub off their coloring by accident? Even little amounts of handling can hurt and threaten them. They rely on the many very tiny scales, like tiles on a roof, that help make up their coloring. This is also part of their defense mechanism in fighting off would be predators. They also rely on their coloring to recognize and find another mate. So its critical for their reproduction. So enjoy them with your eyes, and at most you can let them land on you which people often enjoy. You can change their whole life by rubbing off the color scales.

Butterflies need the temperature of the air around them to be fairly warm, so their blood and fluids can get pumping enough through their bodies to help them fly. They don't like gusty winds or strong breezes. They like certain kinds of nectar from flowers, and some really love rotting fruit. As gross as this sounds, it's a real treat to some of them. It would be what you might find in a warm humid environment where ripened fruits fell on the ground from the trees. To mimic this, many butterfly house workers or volunteers, cut in half certain very ripe fruits and set them about, hanging on plates. The butterflies love it!

Sometimes, the design on a butterfly can help it to blend in with its surroundings for protection. The colors on the outsides of their wings, or the side you see when the butterfly has its wings together, are more dull and drab than the inside colors. I show one butterfly, that mimics a dead leaf, so that when it senses a predator, it can simply close its wings and be safe. When it needs to find a mate, the inside colors help to attract them to one another. Also, you can sometimes see patterns on a butterfly that mimic a much larger animals eyeballs, if you can believe this! This can scare off a much bigger bird for instance, that could otherwise make the butterfly his lunch!

A surprising side note that I discovered, is that you can see many amazing flowers so often in a butterfly house or garden. These alone were a joy to behold. It makes sense to plant tropical plants and flowers in these places as they can thrive in the heat, sunshine and humidity. Combine those with the butterflies though, and you have a true feast for the eyes. Its wonderful to enjoy natures most beautiful things. It is an unexpected treat in butterfly conservatories everywhere.

To me, butterflies are like flying flowers, and the more you see them, the more you will see why I think so. If you can ever go to a butterfly house or garden, take the time to, you won't regret it.

Slideshow of Butterflies in Video

Butterfly Conservatory Poll

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© 2009 Paula

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PhoenixV 7 years ago from USA

whoaa these are some of the best photos yet !


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awcase 7 years ago

wow those are some great photos i love butterflies they are so beautiful. seems like their own creativeness comes out in their wings. great hub ocean you are awesome


A. Jill 7 years ago

How dramatically beautiful! Ocean! You must put some of these and your other photos on RB! Seriously! You've got a lot of super photography and I know I haven't even seen the half of it. Please, put it on RB so your works can be admired as they should be.


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oceansnsunsets 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Anna, yes I agree, that the butterflies are beautiful and I like what you said about their own creativeness comes out in their wings. :) That's cool, I think you are right.


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oceansnsunsets 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Jill, awww, thank you SOOO much, you made my day. :) I will probably do what you said there... I had to think a minute what you meant lol. You are too kind, thank you for stopping by. hugs..


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Blue Goose 7 years ago

I just loved the pictures of the butterflies. My mom really loved butterflies and angels. She collected all kinds of trinkets over the years.

Mom went home to be with the Lord in 2006, these were a great reminder of one of God's creatures that bring joy and happiness to many


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oceansnsunsets 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Blue Goose, thank you for stopping by. I loved what you said about your mom. I am glad it was such a reminder, and I agree that they bring joy and happiness to many. Interesting, that she loved butterflies and angels, both. :)


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Beautiful photos of butterflies! Where were the butterfly houses that you visited?


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CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Beautiful photos oceansunsets! I liked the blue butterflies best


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oceansnsunsets 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hi Peggy, We were visiting family in Missouri once, another time in Phoenix, I believe. I would highly recommend looking them up in your area. They have butterflies from many countries, very often.


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oceansnsunsets 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Thank you so much CMHypno for your words. I love the blue ones too the most. :) Amazing color to be occuring naturally in nature.


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PhoenixV 5 years ago from USA

Awesome video!


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Thank you!


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poetryman6969 18 months ago

Beautiful butterflies. Some startling colors on the video as well.


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oceansnsunsets 18 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

I am glad you thought the butterflies beautiful, and thank you for your comment.

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