Monteverde Butterfly Garden

The large greenhouse/butterfly house at the Monteverde cloud forest had 12 varieties of butterfly, from the approx 2,000 types that live in the forest. In the images look for the leaf with little white spots- those are butterfly eggs, which grow to enormouse caterpillars, then on to the crysallis stage. Emgering butterflies hold their wings downward to let liquid fill out the tiny veins in the wings and “inflate” them to the proper shape. Then the wings dry out and the mating flights begin. The butterfly lifespan is about 24 days, as a butterfly.

The irredescent blue butterflies, Blue Morpho, were always on the move and only blue when their wings were open- there is an image of a pair mating, but the full blue spread wing shot is post-mortem.

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