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Snow in the Tropics - Paper Kites and White Orchids During the Holidays

Updated on December 20, 2011
You can see some of the more Holiday themed decorations coming out this time of year.
You can see some of the more Holiday themed decorations coming out this time of year. | Source
Paperkites, decorating on the inside, educational center in the conservatory.  These ones aren't real though they look real. On a Santa Cap!
Paperkites, decorating on the inside, educational center in the conservatory. These ones aren't real though they look real. On a Santa Cap! | Source
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One of the white orchids
One of the white orchids | Source

Snow in the Tropics Event at Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House

Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly Conservatory in the Chesterfield Valley in Missouri, puts on a special month long event called, "Snow in the Tropics." Being a very tropical environment, one can come and see several white and black butterflies, and also many different varieties of white orchids. Thus, the focus is on white, and the effect is stunning and very beautiful. Snow, in the tropics. I was thrilled to get to stop by and take a few photos of this event.

In this hub, I am sharing with you all the some of the current beauties, both butterflies and orchids that I came across in the Snow in the Tropics event. You will see mostly white, but that is intentional of course.

This butterfly house also shows tropical flowers and butterflies throughout the year. There is a fee to get in, and there are memberships if you want to save money and go more often. If ever you are in the area, I hope you can try to make it.

Outdoors, there is a garden as well, a butterfly garden for the local Missouri and Midwestern butterflies to visit. There is running water, a pond, paths, and many varieties of plants and flowers. As a division of the greater Missouri Botanical Garden, you can see some similarities in how they label their plants, etc. They have master gardeners that work here and lepidopterists full of information.

The official name for these paper kite butterflies, or large tree nymphs, is Idea Leuconoe, from the family Nymphalidae.

Anyone that knows me knows my love and fascination for these lovely creatures. I hope you enjoy these Snow in the Tropics Photos.

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      David Stillwell 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Oceansnsunsets! Another beautiful hub. The butterflies are awesome but the orchids really steal the show. They are so fragile they could be butterflies themselves. What a wonderful place to visit... I am putting it on my list. Voted up and sharing with my crew.

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      KelsieGriggs 5 years ago from Provo Utah

      Thank you Dave so much for sharing this! How beautiful are these photos! This in my mind is true and pure "eye candy" so to speak. Beautiful and an honor to view! Thank you! :)

      Kelsie

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Dave, thank you so much! I am always amazed when I see the orchids and butterflies...and yes the orchids seem so fragile. Happy you stopped by and wanted to share also, so appreciated!

      Kelsie, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment here, always happy for visitors. Happy you liked my photos also, that really makes my day! Thank you :)

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      David Stillwell 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      It was the perfect little journey this morning and am happy you provided the gateway.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      You did a Hub on two of my favorite things: Orchids and Butterflies (I love roses, too, you know). This was truly a beautiful Hub, and I voted itUP, etc.etc. You always do a beautiful job with your Hubs, so this one is no surprise! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas, friend.

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      So glad to hear that Dave, you made my day. :)

      Mary, so glad you love some of the same things I do! I appreciate your visit, comment and vote. Merry Christmas to you too, friend! :)

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