Last week I wrote about going to Hershey Gardens to see the orchids. While we were there we also took a walk through the butterfly house. It was 80 degrees and humid inside. It sure felt good.
Anyway, it was really neat to have all kinds of butterflies flying around us as we walked through the house. We were told not to touch them, but if one decided to land on us that was fine. After all, we were in their space.
I always enjoy watching the butterflies in our yard during the summer months. They move so gracefully and quietly. I don’t usually see the quantity and variety that can be found at Hershey.
Some of them just sit as if they are waiting to have their picture taken.
The design on the wings can be quite intricate.
A piece of pineapple makes a good meal.
Some were quite large.
Others were small.
I wasn’t sure I would get a picture of this guy. He and others like him (yes, I am saying him but it very easily have been a her instead) kept flying and wouldn’t light. I just got lucky here.
Of course, with the orchid show next door there had to be an orchid mantis present. This one seemed to like the screen covering the cage because that is where it stayed.
I was surprised at had many people, adults as well as children, seemed to be a bit apprehensive about having the butterflies flying around them. You could see in their eyes that they were not too thrilled to be there.
Seeing the butterflies makes me long for summer. I guess maybe I just want warmer temperatures. Oh well, eventually they will arrive.