Kid just loves him some cows (komos) wrote,
Kid just loves him some cows

Captive Lepidoptera

I cheated. I went to a butterfly house in western MA for these shots. Instead of being on an exciting photo safari1, it was more like being at a zoo, only much smaller and with free roaming and not at all dangerous beasties. Except for the many crazy little people2. They were dangerous as ever, and maybe more so for the enclosed space.

I was excited to sit down and identify the lot until I discovered that they had thrown me a curve. Their collection includes species from outside of North America3, which I couldn’t accept until I accidentally found a picture of the Great Orangetip online. At any rate, enjoy...

Great Orangetip (Hebomoia glaucippe)

Erato Heliconian (Heliconius erato)

Julia Heliconian (Dryas julia)

Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonius)

Isabella's Heliconian (Eueides isabella)

Emerald Swallowtail (Papilio palinurus)

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

Common Rose (Pachliopta kotzebuea)

Wood Nymph (Idea leuconoe)

1It’s exciting because of the danger!
2No, not midgets... children.
3Any that are North American and still not ID'ed are just indicative of my being horribly scattered lately. Give a holler if you know.

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