What a treat! I finally got to visit Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale! It has the conservatory where you commune with the butterflies, a 3D theater where you can see a movie about the emergence of the butterfly, a live ant colony, the honey bee demonstration, and several aquariums.
This is the first time I've photographed butterflies. Here are some of the images.
This shot was taken at the emergence gallery - you can watch the butterflies emerge.
Looking at a butterfly identification chart, this looks like a Clipper.
I can't identify this one so if you can, please let me know.
Here's another one I can't identify but I loved the colors!
Malay Cruiser ...
Again ... I love the colors!
This guy - along with his brothers and sisters - were fun to photograph: they posed!
Blue Morpho ... the other side of the wings are brown!
This is the same butterfly you saw before, but the colors are slightly different.
I tried several times to get a butterfly in flight ... but those little guys are pretty FAST! ☺