Orange, Black, White. In flight.
Delicate beauty. Glorious sight.
Please don’t disappear!
Picky young eater.
So no Milkweed, no Monarchs!
Grow native, save lives.
I paid another visit to the Butterfly House in Chesterfield. Unlike our previous visit (see post), it was cold and dry outside, and hot and humid inside. This month is particularly good for visiting since so many butterflies are released, especially the blue morphos. Most of the blue morphos were active, making it difficult for me to grab a shot. Everything in the tropical setting seemed to move! Some fluttered across my line of vision. A pair of blue morphos flew around me as if I obstructed their flight along the path. A few followed me briefly, before flying off to the other human attractions. One blue morpho landed on my back, seemingly sticking its proboscis out at me and my camera… The beautiful little freeloader stayed there for almost 10 minutes as I walked around!
Anyway, some of the other butterflies were considerably more photogenic…here are a few of the photos.
This is a caterpillar, perhaps a Fritillary or the Passion Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) atop a Passion Flower Vine (Passiflora incarnata). Passion Flower is native to Missouri and a rather aggressive vine. If you choose to landscape with this, you will enjoy its gorgeous flowers and its attractiveness to butterflies, but beware its rapid growth habit!
This little guy was hanging out on a green retaining wall planted with Missouri natives.
We visited The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Chesterfield, Missouri today. It was hot and humid outside…and hot and humid inside the Butterfly House. But the butterflies seem to love their tropical paradise. It’s difficult to chase butterflies around with a camera, so I ended up mainly capturing resting individuals. This facility promotes environmental stewardship, educates adults and children, and inspires anyone willing to walk among thousands of fluttering Lepidopterans.
B-e-a-utiful! This one is called The Clipper (Parthenos sylvia).
Based on their website, I could not accurately identify these two.
This is an Orange Barred Tiger (Drayadula phaetusa). I was going to add a few awful bar/tiger jokes here, but I’ll spare you.
This ghostly one was actually my attempt at a motion shot. The little bugger fluttered too much for a clear shot, but the effect turned out to my liking. I also couldn’t identify these insects based on the website’s descriptions…
If you’re ever in the Saint Louis area, consider checking this place out. It’s amazing! You can also check out a smaller butterfly house at the St. Louis Zoo for free.