Under the shelter of the screen enclosure to help protect you from the sun and to keep the Butterflies in, pretend I am taking you on a small tour of TheButterfly Farm in Aruba!
The Malabar Tree Nymph Butterfly originates from India. They were abundant as I wandered through the tropical garden.
Under the leaf sometimes, this treacherous caterpillar has spikes to ward off predators. Some of them are even poisonous.
Did you know that the female Scarlett Swallowtail has two different patterns?
Did you know that certain Swallowtails prefer to lay their eggs on the Citrus plant?
Did you know that butterflies pollinate undoubtedly more flowers than bees do?
Did you know that the Blue Morpho Butterfly inhabits Mexico, Central and South America? They are very fast in flight and quite difficult to catch stationary. I was unbelievably lucky.
|The Zebra Longwing|
|Owl Butterfly, kin to the Blue Morpho|
|Atlas Moth Caterpillar|
This Atlas Moth, about seven inches in diameter, had just emerged from it's cocoon that morning. The tips of their wings are snake-like in appearance to ward off predators. They are the only moth bred at The Butterfly Farm.
As two of my good friends from the farm said farewell, my heart did not flutter as do the wings of their friends. I was sad. You all know how much I hate saying Good Bye.
In case you'd like to go visit the Butterfly Farm for yourself, here is their link: