Jul 31 2010

Butterfly, don’t fly away

Published by at 12:34 pm under Travel

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While we were in Vancouver, Dad really wanted to visit Victoria, particularly Butchart Gardens. While we were in the tourist center after landing in Victoria (we took a sea plane which was so cool!), I noticed a flyer for the Butterfly Gardens. Dad was interested, too, and as luck would have it, it was already a stop on the general tour route to Butchart Gardens so we signed up for that. And I’m really glad we did as we saw tons of beautiful butterflies and learned a lot about them.

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We didn’t spend a whole lot of time there. Maybe 45 minutes. But it’s not a huge place so you don’t need that much time. It’s a great stop over on the way to the gardens, being only about 5 minutes away. Anyhow, wanted to share some of the wonderful butterflies we saw.

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These are the larvae for some of the butterflies. They were good sized. They don’t do much other than eat.

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This one is actually a moth. The Atlas Moth. We learned that there are approximately 150,000 species of moths compared to only about 25,000 species of butterflies because historically speaking, moths have been around a lot longer. Some of the large moths like this one only live for a couple of days, make some babies and then die.

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