Mary and I are planning a trip to the United States in July to celebrate our tenth anniversary and to see family. During part of that trip we will be visiting the Florida Keys and we have been researching things to do in the Keys while we are there.
One of the sites I thought would be interesting is a butterfly museum and conservatory in Key West where hundreds of butterflies can be seen at once in a controlled setting. I think that appeals to me because of the frustration that comes each time I work to get photographs of butterflies in our yard.
Over the years we have been visited by scores of different types of butterflies and we have posted many photos of moths and butterflies of all sizes and colors. About two weeks ago we posted this fleeting shot of a beautiful large butterfly visiting our blue flowers.
This butterfly (or more likely others of his species) has been back to our garden many times in the last few weeks. In spite of many efforts to catch the little beauty sitting still, I have only managed to catch a few clear photos of this butterfly as it flitted around the flowers.
This side shot shows her tapping into the nectar-filled center of a flower.
And I did get one shot of her full wing display.
Generally she hovers like a hummingbird as she moves from flower to flower, but you can see her grabbing onto the flower here to stay still as a gust of wind blew through.
It might not look like it, but these few photos represent a fair amount of effort and standing around trying not to move as I tried to line up better angles. The sun was beating down and I felt that I should move into the cool shade to rest when a new species of black and yellow butterfly flew through the yard.
I could see that he had much more black and only a streak of yellow on the top of his wings. He did not stay long, but I did get these two photos.
Now I have my work cut out for me as I wait for a return visit from this new mariposa to see if I can get more clear photos from the butterfly conservatory that we maintain right here in our yard where…
Life is good in Ecuador!