Tuesday, September 25, 2018
A surprise trip to Butterfly Wonderland
Yesterday was our two year anniversary. The last two years have flown by, and I'm so lucky to have Thomas in my life. As a surprise, Thomas took me up to Phoenix this past weekend for a short hotel stay, a great dinner at Arrogant Butcher, and - best of all- a visit to Butterfly Wonderland. Thomas told me to pack my camera, and I'm so glad he did! I took hundreds of pics of the thousands of butterflies in the conservatory. I left filled with lots of new butterfly species to explore in my own work. Here are a few highlights:
A Clipper, Parthenos sylvia
Madagascan Moon Moth, Argema mittrei, freshly emerged
A Malachite (one of my all-time-favorite butterflies), Siproeta stelenes
Morpho peleides. (While Morphos are most widely known for their iridescent blue color, the ventral view of their wings is just as gorgeous.)
Another all-time favorite butterfly, the Paper Kite, Idea leuconoe. I love watching these butterflies in flight; their size makes them seem like they'll fall right out of the air if they stop fluttering even for a second (but they don't).
A Royal Blue, Myscelia ethusa.
A Tiger longwing (I think?) Heliconius hecale
A White Peacock, Anartia jatrophae
Brown Siproeta, Siproeta epaphus
Common Birdwing, Troides helena cerberus
Doris longwing, Laparus doris