Butterflies in Tucson

Always looking for an interesting place to walk, I strolled the grounds at Tucson Botanical Gardens. The highlight of the park was the butterfly center. Staff members or volunteers limited the numbers in the enclosed area, and carefully checked for butterflies that may have landed on a visitor before allowing each person to leave. Flora inside the space has been chosen to attract the inhabitants. Brushstrokes of color fluttered by.

Huge sculptures by Alex Heveri of dragonflies, butterflies, and bees towered over the desert plants. The sun illuminated her bronze, steel, clay, and thick bubbled stained glass creations. The Glass in Flight exhibit is temporary, but those colorful insects seemed to belong in that place.

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45 thoughts on “Butterflies in Tucson

  1. Aren’t butterflies one of the most colourful and beautiful creatures on earth? I’ve been to a butterfly house once and there’s nothing quite like it to experience an up-close encounter with exotic butterflies you can’t see anywhere in Ireland. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva

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  2. Such vibrant images Ruth! Funnily enough we did a similar thing just a few days back in a Butterfly House in the English city of Lancaster. Such wonderful creatures and a real privilege to get so close to them. Really dig the glass creations too.

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  3. The colors/designs in the butterfly wings are one of nature’s marvels. Makes me wonder whether butterflies have predators since they’re anything but camouflaged. Also, I had no idea butterflies feed on fruit but after all, they’re insects.

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    1. I was surprised to see them interested in the fruit as well. There is one butterfly here with a spot on its wing that looks like an eye of a larger animal. Very clever camouflage! I wonder if some of these evolved in places where they might more readily blend into the landscape.


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