The above picture is of Fisher explaining how the butterflies, although fascinating creatures, should fly at a reasonable distance and only land on mommy.
She is my cautious girl. Always eager to investigate and learn, but at a safe distance. I actually have an irrational reaction to moths (and we know butterflies aren’t much different), so as not not instill fear in her, and maybe to overcome my own, I let multiple butterflies crawl onto my hands. It made me shudder a small bit on the inside, but I had to do it for her.
However, the exhibit was fascinating. I thought we would have to strain our eyes to find butterflies, but no, there they were, swooping and fluttering, chasing each other and eating all around us. We even witnessed a butterfly emerge from its pupae. Did you know butterflies do not actually fly for the first 4 hours after emerging? It takes that long for their wings to unfurl. All photos were taken at the Butterflies in the Garden exhibit going on through April 3rd at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens.