Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Some of the insects I like are butterflies and their caterpillars. In March of 2004 a bunch of us went to the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada. We were given a tour of the restricted areas where we saw butterflies in the making and a greenhouse of the plants they use for the butterflies and conservatory. Here’s a horned caterpillar – when he was perturbed his horns came out, when he was happy, he retracted them. The horns were red. Cool.
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(I like him on that leaf, but I wouldn’t want him crawling on me).

Here’s a display case of chrysalis’ and brand new butterflies that can be seen from the conservatory, but we saw it from the other side.

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Sorry, getting a good photo was tough with all of the light from the conservatory. And sorry about the hiney in the photo. Here’s a couple of beauties they had lying around:
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Inside the conservatory, I saw trays of butterlies eating with their wings closed, showing their “eye” to keep predators away:

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It was really tough to capture a great photo of them with their wings open, but here they are in flight. They’re beautiful!

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Here’s another butterfly hanging out in its full glory:

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And another beauty:

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It was fun spotting each butterfly, then actually getting a decent photo:

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This one’s tough to see because of the light:

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And another one:

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It’s hard to see this one:

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They also have turtles at the conservatory:

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I need to go back in the summertime to see the trees and gardens:

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Worth the trip if you’re ever in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. My own city now has a butterfly conservatory which I also need to check out once the crowds die down.