Saturday, August 2, 2014

Exotic Butterflies

These pictures were taken at a butterfly house near Denver, Colorado. The Butterfly Pavilion is in Westminster. But it isn't just butterflies. They have sea creatures like horseshoe crabs and starfish, arthropods like spiders and cockroaches, and other invertebrates. In fact, it was the first invertebrate zoo in the nation. Are there more now? I don't know. Their mission is to foster an appreciation of invertebrates, which, they say, make up 97 % of the species alive today. It was great fun visiting. In addition to the butterfly house, with abundant butterflies, they have petting areas where kids get to touch the animals and gardens where people can find wildlife. Great experience!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bordered Patch

Too bad! So sad! The caterpillars wandered into a garage near Junction, Texas to pupate. They could get in just fine, but after the butterflies emerged, they couldn't figure out how to get out. So they died without ever laying eggs. Luckily, dozens more had pupated on the outside on the garage door and successfully reproduced. Yay!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Butterfly Walk

At UC Botanical Garden yesterday. Since we still had specimens from the class, I brought them to show to people before the walk.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tilden Botanic Garden

Andy and I taught Butterflies for Beginners in Tilden today. Our last butterfly event for June. The class was very enthusiastic and appreciative. After the walk we went back inside to find this family inspecting the specimens. Of course Andy had to explain everything again. Yay!! Another successful butterfly event. 

Ashby Village

Taught a private butterfly class yesterday. Very small group but very appreciative. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

UC Botanical Garden

Bug Discovery Day today. Lots of families. Andy once again created a fabulous display. We are teaching a class in Tilden on June 21. Don't miss it!
Thoroughly enjoyed Peter Oboyski's insect stories.