Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Butterfly Conservatory at Niagara Falls - Part 1

I have a lot of butterfly photos, more than enough to make two posts.  When we entered the conservatory we encountered more butterflies than we have ever seen in any other and we have visited many over the years.  You had to be very careful where you stepped because on occasion there were even some resting at our feet.  It was an incredible experience.  Of course I made a post of one very special butterfly which you can see here if you missed it.  A new species called "Daddy's Little Butterfly".  

I was surprised to see the Grecian statue inside but it had a house-guest which you can see below.
Cracker, Variable - Hamadryas feronia

She didn't seem to mind.   There was a lot of activity going on around her and in every other corner of the conservatory.

A male Great Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina).

Julia (Dryas julia)

I wasn't able to find out what this one was.  Any ideas?

Golden Heliconid (Heliconius hecalet)

The Blue Morpho is a butterfly when followed around did not stop anywhere.  I was trying to get the other side of its wings and the only time it stopped this is the side it showed.  

Black Swallowtail.  I couldn't find out much about this one.  Most seem to have some sort of pattern but wasn't able to identify it exactly.

The butterfly above and below is Postman (Heliconius melpomene)

One of the pretty blooms, very tropical looking.  I would have enjoyed seeing it in its opened form.

Atala - Eumaeus atala

Red Lacewing - Cethosia biblis

Rice Paper Butterfly (also known as  a White Tree Nymph)  Idea Luconoe

The photo above and below are of the same butterfly.  It is the Tiger Mimic Queen.

That's it for this post on butterflies.  I'll put together Part 2 in a day or so.  If you go here this page at Wikipedia will tell you all about butterflies.

I came around the corner and found a painted turtle in a small pond.
 That's it for now.