Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Butterfly Conservatory at Niagara Falls - Part 2

I had lots of butterfly photos to share from the Butterfly Conservatory, and have two other posts which you can see here and here if you missed them.  You can also click here to go to the conservatory's home page.  I am also linking up with Michelle's Nature Notes.  Click on her button to see other amazing things in nature from around the world, and thank you Michelle for hosting such a wonderful meme.

I identify the butterflies when I can.  If they aren't ID'd then you know I have tried my hardest.  I have a couple of books which I pour through continuously.  I also look online.  This is a big butterfly called a "Denise".  She can be found usually with an enormous smile on her face around other butterflies, the biggest smile she has is one around another big butterfly called a "Gregg".   He's the darling of all butterflies and they travel in pairs usually passing a big black box between them at various intervals.

You will notice that this photo is being used for my present header shot.  The beauty on the right is the Cairns Birdwing Butterfly.   The one on the left is the Postman (Heliconius melpomene).

The same butterfly - Cairns Birdwing - and the Zebra Heliconian on the right.

Still as yet unidentified.  A Swallowtail of some kind.

Zebra Heliconian

Another view of a Cairns Birdwing Butterfly

Zebra Longwing

Several Owl Butterflies enjoying a plate of sliced oranges and bananas.

A close-up of the Owl Butterfly.  What I always find fascinating is its proboscis which you can see drinking the juice from the orange.  When it is resting that same proboscis is wound up like a spring.

The same butterfly but this time it has a friend on the left.   From looking at similar butterflies I think this is a Grey Variable Cracker

I have searched and searched but haven't found this one yet.

A Leopard Lacewing

Orange Julia Butterfly

Golden Heliconid (Heliconius hecalet)

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

Here's the other big butterfly I mentioned at the beginning of my post.  A smaller butterfly decided to land on top of his head for a chat.  The larger one is called a "Gregg".  Don't know what the smaller one on top of his head  is called.

Emerald Swallowtail

Yet to be identified

This one also.

If I have misidentified any of these beautiful creatures, please let me know.  I am a novice at so many things, identifying butterflies is one of them.