Sunday, April 8, 2018

Return of the Malachites



I went to the Desert Botanical Garden last Friday for a walk and I almost didn't visit the butterfly pavilion.  I had been there twice before and I was thinking I didn't need to go again but, at the last minute I changed my mind.

Boy, am I glad I did.  They had just released a batch of malachite butterflies, one of my favorites.  They don't always show up in the spring butterfly show and it's been years since I've seen any of them.















Even though the pavilion was a bit crowded and these green beauties tended to be in some difficult spots, I managed to get several shots of them.


The last time I photographed these delicate creatures was in March of 2010.  The photo I took then still hangs on my living room wall and became my "photo of the year" on January 1, 2011.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I drove 70 miles to see an art exhibit and it was wonderful.

12 comments:

Elisabeth Firsching said...

Beautiful creatures, thanks for sharing!

biebkriebels said...

Those are very nice photos, well done!

Lowell said...

These are rather glorious critters...I like the different colors and shades. How can you remember all the way back to 2010. You constantly amaze me!

Catarina said...

Fabulous pictures!
I will have to wait a long while to see butterflies in this part of the world. :)

Silver Willow said...

so beautiful, and fortuitous!

Judy Ryer said...

That last one posed for the picture! Beautiful!

William Kendall said...

They certainly are beautiful!

bill burke said...

Beautiful photos, Sharon. I love the last photo, it's like the butterfly was displaying its colours especially for you.

RedPat said...

They are so beautiful, Sharon! It was nice to see some of the old familiar names commenting on your pic in 2011. I miss them especially Randy & JM.

Bob Crowe said...

And so varied. I could write an essay called "All I Know About Butterflies I Learned In Costa Rica," which leaves me sadly uninformed about American species.

Steve Reed said...

Amazing! I have definitely never seen that type of butterfly before -- except maybe earlier on your blog.

Jack said...

They are beautiful butterflies. I don't remember seeing any of them.