Phoenix Arizona Desert Botanical Gardens: Butterflies

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  1. Jewell

    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    I can hardly believe it is mid October. We are leaving frosty weather behind for a few days. We are in Arizona, me for a workshop and Hubby for golf and visiting friends. Our free day together we visited the Phoenix Cactus Gardens. The highlight was the butterfly garden. Over 3,000 butterflies with perfect lighting and even my phone took great photos. I have no idea of the type of butterflies. Being sleep deprived from getting up at 1AM to make our flight I walked around the butterfly house mesmerized by the beauty and dry heat of the desert. Here are a few of the lovelies.

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    I had never been in a butterfly garden with so many nectar flowers and having such a feeling of being in a magical garden space. It was well worth the visit. The cactus garden was nice also, but simply out done by the fairy dancers.
     
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    Such a wonderful array of exotic butterflies - I can see why you were so mesmerized by them all.
     
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    @Jewell it must have been lovely watching the arrays of colour and the pic's are beautiful :heart:..we mainly have white ones in our garden and hardly ever see nice coloured ones.
     
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    @Jewell - Gorgeous! Your photos are fantastic. You really have captured those butterflies in all their glory. Lovely.
     
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    Glorious pics, Jewell.
    I could spend hours in the butterfly houses here.
     
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    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Eileen, except for the monarch butterfly, I was unfamiliar with any of these little gems.

    Gail, the butterflies we have are very few also, so a treat to see such a variety of species.

    Islandlife, the butterflies were so plentiful that one had to be aware so as not to accidentally step on one. When leaving we checked to make sure their were no hitchhiking butterflies. This made even my iPhone into an incredible camera after a little cropping or the original. The desert lighting was also perfect. I just had to ask hubby not to cast shadows where I was pointing.

    Sjoerd, you are so right. Spending time in a butterfly house is amazing. The other ones I have visited were for tropical butterflies and had an entirely different flavor.
     
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    Jewell it's weird how we don't see much though :headscratch:
     
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    Such lovely butterflies @Jewell , don't know any of them except for the monarch. I've seen the small blue,orange tipped white,speckled wood, speckled lady, peacock, brimstone and red admiral. But there's not a lot of them. Of course there's a lot of the cabbage white but they're going down in numbers as well.
     
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