On Valentine's Day when hubby asked me where I'd like to go I suggested we visit The Butterfly Estates in Ft. Myers, Florida. The 3600 square foot conservatory is home to all stages of the native butterflies of Florida and staffed by the non-profit Florida Native Butterfly Society members. The shops and cafe are in heritage homes, one the previous house of the first mayor of Ft. Myers.
A couple of interesting plants on the walkway to the conservatory entrance.
Just inside the door is a nursery of interest to adults and children alike. The 'castles' as the nursery cubes are called house eggs, caterpillars and chrysalises until the adults emerge and can be set free inside the warm and humid conservatory. Sit back and enjoy some of the butterflies we saw.
A staff member captured the elusive and rare malachite so we could see the wings closed. She showed us how to hold the insect carefully so as not to disturb the scales on the wings.
There are many host and nectar plants housed in the conservatory as certain butterflies require specific plants.
In another building there were a number of framed works of art constructed entirely of butterfly wings and this was by far the most impressive to share.
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