Monday, April 1, 2013

Butterfly Exhibition

Rice paper - Idea leucone
Here are more photos from my visit to the
Montreal Botanical Indoor Butterfly Exhibition.

As  you can see there are plenty of plants
for the butterflies to perch on.

Fruits are set out, stacked one on top of the other
allowing us to watch (and photograph) the butterflies that drank the nectar.

There are a number of water features as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed the soothing sound of the water as it gurgled over the stones into the pond.

Small troides - Troides rhadamantus

Below is a butterfly nursery.

The butterflies you see dangling above, have emerged from their cocoons and are waiting for their wings to harden.

It's hard to believe that one side of their wings is the colour above, while the other side is this stunning blue colour (below).

Blue morpho - Morpho helenor

Having spent the last 5 months with Winter's whiteness,
these vivid colours were a wonderful treat for my eyes.

Dryadula phaetusa
The butterflies glide freely throughout the two storey room,
stopping for a break on whatever is closest:
a camera, a head, jacket, even a pant leg!

Monarch - Danaus plexus
I call the photo below: Colour Explosion

Tailed jay - Graphium agamemnon
By comparison,
Cobra moth - Attacus atlas

 this gorgeous Cobra moth was easy to miss

as it blended so well with the branches and trees it chose to perch on.

Common Mormon - Papilio polytes
Some of the butterflies had tattered wings, a sad reminder
of how fragile they are and how short their lifespan is.

The Exhibit was thoughtful enough to provide us with an identity sheet
for 32 of the butterfly and moth species present.

The one above and below were not named and I have no idea what they are.

I'll settle for calling them both: Beautiful!

On Wednesday I'll feature some of the flowers
that I saw in the greenhouses along the way :)


  1. Exquisite beauties! Visiting butterfly houses is always such a treat, and I am so glad you shared it with us.

  2. Gosh, we would have LOVED to be there! They are amazing -- just beautiful! You have inspired me to bring the kids to our local botanical gardens; it's been awhile since we've been there (yes, 34 degree heat is not very inspiring!).

  3. Oh Rosemary, your photos are a real treat for the eyes and the soul. It must have been a wonderful experience. I love all your photos yet the first and "Colour Explosion" remain in my mind.

  4. Hello Rosemary.
    Nice pictures you show some incredibly beautiful butterflies.
    We saw the first butterfly fly in the garden on Sunday, but still the weather too cold for them, and there is no blomste promotion.
    Thanks for your comment on my blog - Crown animals are not so shy (scared) as the small deer. We're going to Grathe Hot again today ..... not good to know what we get on the lens. Wish you a good day / good new week :) Hanne Bente

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  6. Jestem zachwycona tym miejscem o motylami. Sa piękne kolorowe i radość na nie patrzeć. Dziekuję za takie widoki w zimowy dzień i pozdrawiam.
    I am delighted with the place of butterflies. They are a beautiful color and joy to look at. Thank you for such views in a winter day and greet.

  7. wat een heerlijke plaats om foto,s te maken en wat een mooie vlinders zijn er,geweldig.

  8. Sooooo beautiful and GORGEOUS pictures! Thanks for sharing. I remember the cocoons hanging all around the house last year and once we saw a butterfly that had just emerged from its cocoon and was just waiting there to dry and then fly away. No cocoons this year though. Last year was the only year we had that happening here, so special, although not such exotic butterflies emerged from the cocoons of course ;-) I made several posts about it then, starting with the catterpillars invading our nasturtiumbush.

  9. Wow! So beautiful, Rosemary! As well butterflies as your pictures are just stunning!

  10. Belated Easter greetings to you Rosemary - love the photo of the butterfly refuelling at the nectar bar.

  11. Stunning! Amazing what nature has to offer.

  12. Truly mesmerizing beauty you brought out with your lens :)
    It is a good break for you to come here and be inspired, right?
    I love the first butterfly so much, there's something majestic about it.
    Don't you think so?

  13. So beautiful!! I'm always amazed that something as homely as a caterpillar can become a breathtaking butterfly.

    Thanks for sharing your photos.

  14. Great pictures of butterflies Rosemary.
    The first I find totally awesome.
    The lightbox is working again.
    Greetings Irma

  15. How amazing! What a wonderful experience. I can only imagine how thrilling it must have been to be surrounded by so many little flying jewels. The nursery is an incredible sight!

  16. Wow! Makes me want to be a butterfly so I can live there!

  17. Buttterfly exhibits and homes always intrigue. Your beautiful images recall the Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens in the American state of Georgia. Just standing still invites them to land on you. And flutter along as you move. Dancing with butterflies is a rare treat indeed.

  18. Welcome Rosermary!
    Thanks for the great photos.
    I admire these otherworldly insects, especially now when there is snow outside the window.
    They have amazing shapes and colors.
    I send greetings :)

  19. Beautiful as always Rosemary! Do these tropical butterflies continue to reproduce in that environment or do they simply live out their lives there? What a treat to visit all of this glorious color this time of the year!

  20. Such a beautiful captures, Rosemary of al those butterflies!
    Love the colors so much...
    Warm greetings,

  21. This is indeed an explosion of color...what a beautiful show , must have been awesome to see . It is in fact quite astonishing how 'ugly' they are beneath and how beautiful they are when you see them from the right side :-)) Lovely post !

  22. Cores magnificas, belo, belíssimo. Saudações

  23. These are breathtaking! I enjoyed visiting your blog. Please come by We are pretty new and hoping you will like us enough to sign up!

  24. Wow! I went to a butterfly exhibit once but they did not have that many varieties. Lovely pictures!

  25. What a cool place to visit! So many beautiful species of butterflies to see. Love the color explosion photo is gorgeous!

  26. Such fantastic pictures! The blue morpho is especially stunning. We have an indoor butterfly garden at the Peggy Notebart Museum that is a little bit like this.

  27. Incredible colours, shapes, textures - fantastic opportunity and you made the most of it.

  28. So I have a nice trip by you Butterfly Garden Rosemary go back! Thanks for that. I'm also happy to hear there is so delicious that gevladder around you!
    grt, Annie

  29. Yeah!!!! Good for you!!! You had a day of fun butterfly shoots. It gets you out of that gray cold sky and brings you into lots of beautiful color! They're tricky to capture on camera. One good shot=3oo photos! So I'm guessing you took a lot of shots to get those awesome ones:) I work as a docent at our Butterfly Magic in Tucson. It's fun watching everyone smile from butterfly overload. Happy Spring!!! Warm thoughts your direction!

  30. Beautiful and colorful butterflies in the butterfly garden.
    Outside we see this not but eht really fantastiche flirts.
    Greetings, Helma


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