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Butterflies - Up Close and Beautiful

Updated on May 23, 2012
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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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      olivia mollica 4 years ago

      grat butterflys if you find eny more send them up.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

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

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi toknowinfo, I agree - butterflies are so beautiful!

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

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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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      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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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      QudsiaP1 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Rolly A Chabot 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Joyce Haragsim 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Sueswan 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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

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      Maria Jordan 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Brian Leekley 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Peg Cole 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      2uesday 5 years ago

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Kamalesh050 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Eiddwen 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Gloria 5 years ago from France

      You are welcome,

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      Donna Cosmato 5 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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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Gloria 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

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

      Take care, Lesley

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Just beautiful Lesley! I love the glasswing!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Ruchira 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

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

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

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

      Best wishes Lesley

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      iamaudraleigh 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

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

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      tarajeyaram 5 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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      James Kenny 5 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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      Sheila Brown 5 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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      Deborah Neyens 5 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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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

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

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      Robert Burroughs 5 years ago

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

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

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

      Have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley

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      Claire 5 years ago

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

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      anglnwu 5 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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      Jeannie InABottle 5 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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      C E Clark 5 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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      Linda Crampton 5 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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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

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

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      dinkan53 5 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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      paddyboy60 5 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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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

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

      Have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      A.CreativeThinker 5 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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      TENKAY 5 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.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

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

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

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

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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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      Karen Wilton 5 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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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 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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      My Minds Eye53 5 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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      sofs 5 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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      sunbun143 5 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 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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      prasetio30 5 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