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Owl Butterflies and Orchids - A Neat Event at a Butterfly Conservatory

Updated on March 28, 2015

Owl butterfly on a tree trunk, and small white orchids

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Owl butterfly on some purple orchid flowers

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Owl butterfly perched on a plants stalk

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Owl butterfly drinking juice from the surface of a banana

Photo 4 - Owl Butterfly Eating a banana or plantain
Photo 4 - Owl Butterfly Eating a banana or plantain | Source

"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

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Owl butterfly resting on another kind of orchid flower

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A beautiful array of various kinds of orchid flowers

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Feeding time for several owl butterflies - Eating fruit

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© 2011 Paula


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    • oceansnsunsets profile image

      Paula 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Yes, those are the owl butterflies! They are beautiful, and have different patterns depending on whether their wings are open or closed. The "spooky eyes" are meant to be spooky to the animals that would otherwise eat them! It works, and startles "would be" predators long enough to allow the butterfly to escape away to safety very often.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Those butterflies with eyes on their wings are a little spooky looking.

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Mary, that is so awesome that you put out fruit for the monarchs, I bet they love it! I love butterflies also, they are a passion of mine. I will peek at that hub again, I love that stuff. Thank you for your comment and visit.

      Happyboomernurse, thank you! So happy you stopped by and commented, I appreciate that very much. I so enjoy your hubs, all the ones I have read so far anyway. Glad to know you on Hubpages. :)

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Another stunning pictorial. You are really on a roll! Love the way you put this together and the clear, close-up and colorful photos. Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      Well, you did it again! I put out fruit for the Monarchs. They love it. Butterflies are one of my favorite things. I researched the life cycle of the butterfly and did a Hub on it. To be honest, not too many people have viewed that one, but I learned a lot. Again, this one gets my vote UP and beautiful!

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Dallas, thank you!

      I can't believe the thing you describe above, its like a true miracle of nature that monarchs can get that migration accomplished. If I had them in my trees, I would be in heaven! So glad you stopped by, and thank you very much for your comment. :)

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Great photos!

      I live about 1/4 mile from a migration route the Monarch Buttefly use (Pismo Beach, Ca). Currently the trees are filled with them. Although they migrate thousands of miles, it take four generations to complete the migration cycle. No one individual Monarch has the knowledtge or experience to know where to fly - yet, somehow they do...

      Thanks for sharing!