Butterflies in the Garden

DSC_3041The 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.  Butterflies in the GardenButterflies in the GardenButterflies in the GardenButterflies in the GardenDSC_3042Butterflies in the GardenButterflies in the GardenDSC_3050Butterflies in the GardenButterflies in the GardenButterflies in the GardenDSC_3098DSC_3101DSC_3103DSC_3104All photos were taken at the Butterflies in the Garden exhibit going on through April 3rd at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens.
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