Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Pupae, Butterflies and a Couple of Boys

Last Friday, I returned to Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

with my two young grandsons.

We saw wonderful butterflies, including these Owl Butterflies and an obliging Blue Morpho that sat on a lady's backside, wings spread wide.

We peered through the windows of the Emergent Room

to see the pupae, hanging like an earring display at a jewelry store. Although none of the butterflies were emerging at the time, my grandsons were fascinated by the wiggling, jiggling chrysalids (Click on photos to see larger size).


T. Beth said...

The Blue Morpho is gorgeous! I don't know if that was sunlight or the camera's flash, but you were able to capture its blue iridescence perfectly.

Pam in Tucson said...

No flash. The greenhouse is well lit.

Thor said...

Beautiful butterfly photos. Is that like a butterfly factory they have there?

Pam in Tucson said...

Welcome, Thor! This is the second year the Tucson Botanical Gardens has put Butterfly Magic on in their tropical greenhouse. They bring in chrysalids from butterfly farms from all over the world and keep them in the emergent room. When they hatch, the butterflies are put in the greenhouse. The show ends on Feb. 26, because it starts to get too hot in Tucson. Hopefully, this will be an annual event here. If you haven't seen them already, you can see some more photos in an earlier post:
I plan to go back at least once more before the show closes.