The Desert Botanical Garden has two butterfly exhibits every year: the Monarchs in the fall and the spring butterflies. We were there for the last day of the spring exhibit last weekend. (Click photos for more detail of these lovely critters.)
Since these butterflies only live 2-4 weeks in their butterfly stage, most of these are probably dead now. They are left in the exhibit to live out their last few days. The first one shown is a Julia and the second one is a Zebra Longwing. They were the ones that were the most plentiful when we were there. (Update: I just looked at DBG’s website and the b-flies have agreed to stay for one more week!)
See the tattered wings on this White Peacock above? When I looked at the photos on my computer, I was surprised to see that the majority of them did have tattered and torn wings so I tried to select photos of those least damaged. Maybe someday I’ll have a “Tattered Wings” post with the rest.
Queen and Sulphur, above.
Buckeye, above. Most of these butterflies are not native to Arizona.
We joined the Garden this time we were there so next year we can go to the exhibit several times and see a larger variety.