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Butterflies & Flowers

In 2018 I visited Lukas Nursery at 6 times to take pictures of the Butterflies & Flowers.  This post is a collection of some of the photos I took.   To learn more about Lukas Nursery visit https://lukasnursery.com/ or my other blog post at https://lilsusieq.com/lukas-nursery-butterfly-encounter/.

Butterflies are a lot of fun to photograph, the move fast but are so beautiful.  As I have gotten in to photography, I have been learning more about butterflies, flowers and insets.   I have grouped the butterflies by species but I still having trouble identifying them so I might gotten some wrong.

While researching the different types of butterflies I have learned quite about them.  They help pollinate some species of plants like bees.  They receive nourishment from not only flower nectar but also pollen, tree sap, rotten fruit among other sources.   Butterflies can be find all over the world except for Antarctica, I guess it is too cold for them.  There  with approximately 18,000 species of butterflies found world wide.    A butterflies life can be divided into four stages.  First, the adult butterfly lays eggs  which second hatches into caterpillars in the spring or summer.  Third, once the caterpillar is grown it develops into a chrysalis where a metamorphosis takes place changing it into a butterfly, the fourth and final stage.

The first set of photos are of monarch butterflies.  The monarch is a butterfly I seem to photograph the most.  I got some shots of two monarchs mating or maybe there are wrestling?

 

Second set of photos are of gulf fritillary.

 

Third set of photos are of queen, peacock and zebra butterflies.  The zebra longwing is the Florida State butterfly.

 

Fourth set of photos are of skipper butterflies.

 

Fifth set of photos are of swallowtail butterflies.

 

Sixth and last set of photos has some of the carpenter bees and flowers.  

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Lukas Nursery Butterfly Encounter

I always have a great time at the Lukas Nursery Butterfly & Bird Encounter, in Oviedo, Florida.   It is a really large garden supplies center and they sell tons of plants, flowers, trees, garden sculptures and just about anything else needed for gardening.  When I go, I don’t actually go gardening supplies, I go to see butterflies and insects. The Butterfly & Bird Encounter is a very hot house with plants and lot of butterflies.   For more information about Lukas Nursery visit https://lukasnursery.com/ the Butterfly & Bird Encounter is https://lukasnursery.com/butterfly-encounter/.

First set of photos is of the Lukas Nursery and the outside of the Butterfly & Bird Encounter.    The place is really huge, my pictures don’t show how big it is.   The entrance to the Butterfly & Bird Encounter is through the Gift Shop.  They also have chickens and horses on the property.  I can spend a whole afternoon walking around taking photos.

 

Second set of photos is from the inside of the Butterfly & Bird Encounter.   From what I was told, butterflies don’t seem to like cold weather and you are more likely to see them in the spring or summer.   Inside the encounter it is very humid, after spending an hour I usually end up sweating buckets.   The encounter also has little birds and you can see them fluttering all over the place.   There is Gatorade provided and you can feed some of the butterflies if you like. 

 

Third set of photos are of some of the butterflies, moth and caterpillars to be seen inside the encounter.   The have signs warning you not to steal the caterpillars, maybe people have been tempted.   The butterflies are really beautiful and fun to photograph.    They don’t really stay still long so you have to be patient and quick to shoot them.  There were so many beautiful shots that it was had to choose which to post so I have another blog post of more of the butterflies at https://lilsusieq.com/butterflies-and-flowers-at-lukas-nursery/.