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Owl Butterflies and Orchids - A Neat Event at a Butterfly Conservatory
Owl butterfly on a tree trunk, and small white orchids
Owl butterfly on some purple orchid flowers
Owl butterfly perched on a plants stalk
Owl butterfly drinking juice from the surface of a banana
"Owls" and Orchids
The showcasing of many owl butterflies and orchids was a month long event at the butterfly conservatory. It was just amazingly beautiful what I witnessed there. There were 3 different kinds of owl butterflies, something new I learned. I always thought there was one main owl butterfly. Of course as you can see, these are the kinds that have that characteristic eye spot on its wings, and they are really rather large butterflies.
You can see some of what went on, during my many visits to this place as it's a favorite place to go. I had never seen this kind of event before. Evidently, they also had a live owl exhibit, that was put on in the outdoor garden of the butterfly house. One could go and see owls flying around with their trainers and learn all kinds of things about the owls. Unfortunately, I missed this part. I share it so that others may make a point to go in the future perhaps, and also know why this month long event was called "Owls and Orchids."
Photos of the "Owls" (Butterflies) and Orchids
Photo 1 - An owl butterfly here, resting on the side of a tree, along with some smaller white orchids in the blurred distance. I liked how the light was shining through part of this wings there. The owl butterflies love to rest on trees like these, when not flying around or eating or drinking or mating.
Photo 2 - I was so happy to capture a few of the owl butterflies actually on the orchids themselves. This really made my day, and its something I hope to get more of in the future. I think the two together are just lovely. These particular orchids had such pretty colors too.
Photo 3 - This is a good view to see the finer details of the design of the outside of an owl butterflies wings. There are 3 different kinds of owl butterflies that were showcased in this setting, and one of the varieties had some beautiful blue on the inside wings. Truly beautiful, but harder to capture with the camera!
Photo 4 - Butterflies enjoying what appears to be nectarines and bananas. They absolutely love this fruit that has been sitting out in a warm environment. It mimics exactly, or almost exactly the effect they have in their own tropical rain forests.
Photo 5 - Many more butterflies having a meal together over the water, not too far from the waterfall. They seem to be in their element for sure. I was in my element being there and observing it all and capturing what I could.
Photo 6 - The owl butterfly in this photo found an orchid that has the most unique color of lime green to it. I am truly amazed when I see things like this in nature. You see, I love butterflies, and orchids, but to see them together like this makes my day more than you can know!
Photo 7 - This is a sampling of the orchids here. I was amazed that some people can grow orchids like this, and its something I hope to learn to do in the future. The colors seem to span almost that of the rainbow. Many new ones I had never seen before.
Photo 8 - An owl butterfly feast! They are so packed in there, that we can't even see what they are going after! I know though, that its fruit of course, as this is the behavior they will exhibit around fruit. I just had never seen such a jam packed scenario before like this one. They are a content bunch to share, that is for sure.
Owl butterflies snacking on fruit over a pond
Owl butterfly resting on another kind of orchid flower
A beautiful array of various kinds of orchid flowers
Feeding time for several owl butterflies - Eating fruit
© 2011 Paula