These Spicebush Swallowtails are my favorite butterfly in the exhibit.
Can you tell? Plus, I loved the contrast of this one sitting against those bright yellow-orange flowers - even if his wings ARE a little raggedy.
And here's another closeup of one on a Star Cluster.
Every year, I try to get a Luna Moth picture and I usually can't get close enough. Finally got one this year, although his wings aren't spread out all the way. Still, you can see the great colors!
Here's a pretty Painted Lady sitting on a white flower.
A Zebrawing taking a drink.
And here's what it looks like with its wings up - notice the bright red spots along the bottom edge. You can't see them from the top. I think it's kind of like their own secret tattoo ;-)
I am not above using the kid as bait to attract a Julia butterfly and get a great shot.
But the exhibit is home to more than just butterflies. Now, they have hummingbirds as well. This is a newly-fledged Purple Chinned hummingbird. When the sunlight hits his throat feathers just right, they flash an almost metallic violet color. I tried, but just couldn't get a shot of that.
I did get this Anna's hummingbird sitting on a branch next to the feeder.
She actually let me get a closeup!
And I don't care if it IS a little blurry. Do you know how fast these buggers are?
But, the exhibit is not the only place where you can find them. We sat on a bench at one of the shuttle stops and watched about 30 minutes straight of "Hummingbird Wars" aka "Dude, That's MY Flower!" Most of these are newly fledged youngsters and they are seriously battling it out for territory.
"Look, Ma, my wings are invisible!"
NOW, the sun comes out and I get a great shot of a Purple Chinned Hummingbird.
I want some beads that color!!
After I got dizzy from trying to capture the zooming hummingbirds, I decided to try some easier shots...of things that stand still. Like this Butterfly Flower bush.
Pretty pink and white daisies.
I wish these had been fully opened because the colors were gorgeous. Oh, and I forgot to ask what they're called, but I think of them as the Sunset Flower because of the colors.