Sunday, February 15, 2015

Mosaic Monday #28 - The Butterfly Estates

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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57 comments:

  1. There is a beautiful Butterfly Conservatory in our area of Colorado, so I know what a wonderful experience it is to walk inside among the lush flowers and foliage and see the butterflies flying around everywhere. You took such fabulous photos of them, Judith! There looked to be a wonderful variety there and the flowers were so beautiful!

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  2. Beautiful photos of the Butterfly Estates, Judith; so much to see and do! The natural light is glorious upon the butterflies and flowers. Thanks for hosting, and wishing you a sunny week!

    Poppy

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  3. That was a nice visit. I love visiting butterfly conservatories too, the places are warm, full of exotic plants and also less exotic, and then the wonderful butterflies.

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  4. Wonderful and very interesting photos from the Butterfly Estates, Thank you for posting them and hosting Mosaic Monday.

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  5. It must be wonderful to visit a place like that - especially on Valentine's Day! :)
    Lovely flowers and beautiful butterflies... Thank you for sharing!
    And thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday!
    Have a lovely week ahead!

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  6. Wonderful post Judith......love the last image......thank you!

    Have a great week!
    Ruby

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  7. I can't think of a more perfect place to celebrate Valentine's Day - the place looks stunning and as always your mosaics and photos are beautiful.

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  8. Judith what a lovely visit for Valentine's Day and a treat to see all the butterflies for you and now for us!

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  10. Hello Judith, the Butterfly Estates would have been my choice too. Wonderful collection of butterflies and photos.. The artwork is gorgeous.. A lovely way to spend your Valentine's Day!

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  11. amazing shots .... what a wonderful day you had!!!! Lucky you!
    diane @ thoughts & shots

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  12. Hi Judith! Wow those are really amazing pics and beautiful butterflies. I love them!

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  13. It looks like a wonderful/interesting place and you've done a great job with the photographs.

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  14. Beautiful butterflies. Visual treats. Thank you Judity for Mosaic Monday 28.
    Joy

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  15. What lovely butterflies and amazing shots!

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  16. A perfect way to spend the day. I hope you are enjoying the warmth. We have snow here. Last night we watched a new story on how school children are growing mildweed to be transplanted for the monarchs that are disappearing because of loss of milkweed. Who does not love butterflies?

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  17. What a lovely thing to do and see. They are such beautiful creatures. I like the artwork made from butterfly wings. I hope you continue to enjoy your vacation and that the weather will warm up more.

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  18. What an amazing trip this must have been. The butterflies and plants are marvelous and to see the art made from butterfly wings must have been something special to see. I certainly enjoyed seeing this special place.

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  19. Great to see so many butterflies. Thank you for Mosaic Monday.
    Rob

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  20. What a beautiful place to visit! I, too, love butterflies. Glad you had a good time enjoying the butterfly conservatory. I have relatives living in Ft. Myers and long ago some in Sanibel Island as well. Beautiful places to visit! :)
    Hugs, Beth

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  21. What absolutely gorgeous photos! I think you and I would travel well together, Judith, as I also like to stop and photograph all the flora and fauna!

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  22. What wonderful varieties of butterflies and flowers! It was a beautiful weekend here in Florida! We hiked today and I took photos of some wildflowers! Enjoy the coming week! Have fun my friend! Hugs, Diane

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  23. my gosh the butterflies are wonderful! don't they have such amazing patterns. We went to a butterfly place in Singapore years ago. Have a lovely week and thank you for hosting.

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  24. We have very few butterflies in our area - partly because of the cooler temperatures but when we see some we are overjoyed. I am planted a lilac bush and a butterfly bush this year - that should help. Your photos are amazing!!!!! What a thrill to see all the flowers too.

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  25. Thanks for hosting! I joined in this week - first time in a while.
    Enjoyed your pics of your trip - thanks for sharing them with us. If you are in Florida with warmer temps I envy you. LOL

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  26. Oh my gosh, I love butterflies to pieces! There was a time when I collected jewellery and pictures made form Morpho butterfly wings, but only antique and vintage ones. It pains me to know a creature was killed for its beauty. But those butterflies are so irresistible, aren't they?

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  27. What a wonderful way to spend the day. I would have loved it! Thank you for sharing the photos.

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  28. This must have been such an enjoyable day.
    Thanks for all the good photos....and thanks for this lovely party ea week.

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  29. Gorgeous flowers and butterflies. I am always uneasy about the butterfly wing pictures...it seems such a shamE! But they were a Victorian "thing" sigh...Thanks for hosting!
    Ruth

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  30. Your butterfly and flower photos are so lovely. What a delightful way to spend some time. We have a butterfly garden here in town, but I've only visited once.
    Thanks for hosting MM, Judith.

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  31. It looks like a nice day, the art work looks very interesting.
    Thanks for the party.
    Have a great week.
    Denise

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  32. Wow, the sights are wonderful, but even more amazing is that you captured the little creatures in such great photos! Wow.

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  33. Today i'm linking frosty pictures. Your pictures are stunning, Judith!

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  34. Dearest Judith; How great that you had such delightful time with your husband. GORGEOUS pictures with varieties of butterflies and flowers♡♡♡ Oh, How I wish to see the framed works of art constructed entirely of butterfly wings and the color matches with your beautiful blog as well♪♪♪

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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  35. How beautiful! That is a neat place.
    I love my gardens, especially the butterfly bushes because I love to watch the different butterflies visit the bushes!

    Deanna

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  36. What a wonderful place to visit for Valentine's Day! Butterflies never cease to amaze me and I very much enjoyed your beautiful photos.Thank you so much for hosting and sharing. I am sharing some frosty views of the garden.

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    1. We haven't been there for three or four years. Someone was telling me it has been greatly improved lately, especially the restaurant . We enjoyed the butterflies, so should definitely try again. Your pictures are great. Thank you so much for hosting.

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  37. How interesting to visit a butterfly house Judith and to see them at all stages.
    A great learning activity for children and adults alike.
    So you're still lapping up the warmth in Florida - good for you!

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  38. Beautiful, beautiful pictures... What a marvelous day you spent.

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  39. What a wonderful chance to be able to observe adult catterpillars and butterflies that close. The wings are fantastic, such an original art.

    Thanks for hosting by the way, it's my first time here.

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  40. Such a beautiful and serene place... A great and well chose place to share Valentine's Day with your loved one, Judith. And you took beautiful photos there of the flowers and butterflies. Great shots. First time for me to link up with your wonderful party. I saw it many times passing by on dear Shane's blog. Thank you so much for hosting this! I will make my blog round later this week, because it's almost bed time here now. Wishing you a beautiful week ~ Wendy of AppleApricot

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  41. Fun place to visit..great place for pictures and you got some good ones..

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  42. Wow... amazing colors and design!! Such wonderful world of stunning butterflies... lovely place to visit!! A very sunny week!

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  43. Judith - WOW - the butterfly conservatory is AMAZING! I need to go to one of those soon. I had the chance to in Indianapolis a few years ago but wasn't feeling well and went home a little early. I hear it was awesome - and seeing your amazing pictorial, well, I know I need to get back there in the near future!

    Hope you are staying warm. It's about 10 degrees, got warm enough to start snowing again. I think I am ready for spring now, haha. Thanks for hosting.

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  44. What an incredible and amazing place! It looks as though you had a very interesting visit with many beautiful plants and butterflies to see. So glad for you that you enjoyed it. xx

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  45. This is a beautiful post Judith. I love to go to butterfly houses and your mosaics are very pretty.

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  46. Judith ~

    You are so generous to host this party. I'm glad to be part of it this week ~ it's been so long since I last joined in the fun. Love those butterflies. There is a beautiful butterfly sanctuary here in Georgia at the Callaway Gardens you may enjoy during your next visit "down south." Lovely photos as always.

    Ciao,
    Suzanne

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  47. Neat, Judith! Thanks for the pictorial, and for hosting.

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  48. Sounds like a perfect Valentine's outing! You got some great shots of the butterflies. We visited the conservatory in Niagara Falls last summer. The butterfly wing art is just amazing!
    Wendy

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  49. What absolutely stunning photos! I have never seen so many different kinds of butterflies! What a special Valentine's Day you must have had. Thanks so much for hosting and have a blessed week!

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  50. Judith, what a lovely way to have spent Valentines Day with your hubby. The butterflies are fabulous. I feel so silly for when I got your comment about Florida, I thought I was looking at it all wrong and then after seeing this lovely post...goodness, why have I thought all along that you live in Canada, or do you live both in Canada and FL. Thank you for all that you do for us~

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  51. Your images are absolutely beautiful, Judith! You do an amazing job with your photography skills.
    I really enjoyed this post! I can only hope to achieve such perfection with my camera.
    Bravo!
    Debbie
    xo

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  52. Oh my, what beautiful Mosaics and Butterflies!!

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  53. I took my kids to the butterfly place in Montreal, back in the day. It had just opened! Must be fun here, too!

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  54. That tea pot is beautiful and the shop is amazing. I would love to see that shop. The butterflies are super beautiful as well... i love the pictures. All praises go to our Almighty Creator whose wisdom brought forth this wondrous beauty, right?

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  55. Really i am impressed from this post....the person who created this post is a generous and knows how to keep the readers connected..
    Mosaic shop

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