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Butterflies at Mariposario Montezuma

One of the local attractions in Montezuma is the Mariposario Montezuma, which features an enclosed butterfly garden. Lots of the famous Blue Morpho butterflies–a symbol of Costa Rica–continually flitted about, but I could never get one to sit still long enough for me to take the type of picture I was hoping for. Still, I came away with some nice shots of some of the other butterflies that were plentiful there. For most of these shots I used my camera’s built-in flash, even though it was daylight, as I found that the flash brought out more of the butterflies’ colour.

Malachite Butterfly

Malachite Butterfly

Hamadryas amphinome

Hamadryas amphinome

Banded Peacock Butterfly

Banded Peacock Butterfly

Tiger Longwing

Tiger Longwing

We also stayed for lunch, and I can honestly say that their beer was definitely worthwhile.

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Sulfur Butterflies on Purple Erigeron Flowers

Sulfur butterflies are pretty though kinda plain when compared to things like Monarch butterflies, but when I saw the way the morning light was catching these sulfur butterflies from behind I ended up focusing on them during my morning walk in Woodbine Park earlier today:

Sulfur Butterfly on Purple Erigeron Flowers #1

Sulfur Butterfly on Purple Erigeron Flowers #1

Sulfur Butterfly on Purple Erigeron Flowers #2

Sulfur Butterfly on Purple Erigeron Flowers #2

I had always thought of the purple flowers as a sort of purple daisy, but apparently they are called “Purple Erigeron”, perhaps better known as “fleabane”. The butterflies certainly love them.

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Trip to Tommy Thompson Park: Black Swallowtail Butterfly

I actually saw my first Black Swallowtail butterfly before I even got to Tommy Thompson park, as there was one of these guys putting on a good show for me in the short hedgerow that runs along the sidewalk leading to the park. So the first two pics are of this one individual I saw outside the park and the third one while I was inside the park. Either way, they are stunning to look at.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly 1

Black Swallowtail Butterfly 1

Black Swallowtail Butterfly 2

Black Swallowtail Butterfly 2

Black Swallowtail Butterfly 3

Black Swallowtail Butterfly 3

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Trip to Tommy Thompson Park: Clouded Sulphur Butterfly

Here’s the last of the triumvirate of butterflies I took pics of while visiting Tommy Thompson park earlier today. These little Clouded Sulphur butterflies are everywhere, and are rarely still long enough for me to take pics of. Luckily for me there was this one individual that stayed still just long enough for me to take a couple of pictures:

Clouded Sulphur Butterfly 1

Clouded Sulphur Butterfly 1

Clouded Sulphur Butterfly 2

Clouded Sulphur Butterfly 2

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Red Admiral Butterflies Return

It’s been warm lately, and these bright orange-fringed Red Admiral butterflies have arrived en masse in our area. A welcome touch of colour at this time of the year.

Red Admiral Butterfly

Red Admiral Butterfly

Butterflies on Neighbour's Flowering Tree

Butterflies on Neighbour's Flowering Tree

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Hobomok Skipper Butterfly

Another walk with the dog looking for interesting critters to shoot with the camera. Saw this tiny butterfly, which was only just over a couple of centimeters long.

Hobomok Skipper Butterfly

Hobomok Skipper Butterfly

Turns out to be a Hobomok Skipper. While looking it up I couldn’t make my mind up as to whether it was that or a Zabulon Skipper (gotta love the names in either case), but according to this, which says that the Zabulon Skipper is not found north of Pelee Island and that in “anywhere but extreme southwestern Ontario the Hobomok Skipper is unmistakable”. Well alright then, Hobomok Skipper it is then. 😉

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Small White Butterfly

Finally managed to get a decent picture of a Small White (Pieris rapae) Butterfly, better known to most people as the “Cabbage White”. The damned things keep flitting about, and are very sensitive to anyone near, so I feel lucky that I was able to catch one who held still on a nearby flower long enough for me to crouch down and take a shot with my telephoto lens.

Small White (Pieris rapae) Butterfly

Small White (Pieris rapae) Butterfly

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Fauna in Woodbine Park

Our dog YoBob is back from the cottage as the girls head to Camp Couchiching for the rest of the month, so he needed a walk. A good excuse for me to head to Woodbine Park, where I took pictures of the various fauna I saw down there on what was a hot day.

Here’s my favourite, of a Monarch Butterfly on an Echinacea Flower:

Monarch Butterfly on an Echinacea Flower

Monarch Butterfly on an Echinacea Flower

Here’s the rest:

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Red Admiral Butterfly on White Flowers

Love the big, bugged-out eyes on Red Admiral Butterflies. Here’s a shot of one on a cluster of small, white flowers that I ran across:

Red Admiral Butterfly on White Flowers

Red Admiral Butterfly on White Flowers

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Day at the Zoo

My office shut down for the day which extended the long weekend by another day. It was a rainy, miserable day. I wanted to see if I could get a good bird picture entry for the Themed Photo Contest on Facebook, so despite the weather I decided to head to the zoo. I figured that the crummy weather would likely keep most people away, and that interior lighting would mean that I could get some decent shots of animals without having to resort to flash.

Wrong on both counts, as it turned out. I hadn’t accounted for the school-group option, so there were hordes of kids around. Not so bad really, as in most cases I just had to out-wait whatever group was passing through so that I could take the shot I wanted. The greyness of the day meant that whatever interior light was also severely reduced, so I opted to use a fill-flash on a few occasions. In the end the images you see below were culled from a much larger number of pictures taken, many of them blurred or where the focus was not as good as I would have liked because of the poor light. I was also disappointed to find that many of the exhibits were being revamped, with fully half of the Africa Pavilion closed off, leaving the Gorillas in the other half as the main attraction, with the colourful Chiclids in there huge aquarium being the only other major thing on view.

Am happy with what I came away with below, but I think it will be awhile before I willingly return to the Metro Toronto Zoo.

Butterfly

A Jumbo Gourami

Gorilla

A pair of Spectacled Owls. I took a zillion pictures of this pair but the lighting was so poor (and I didn’t use flash) that I could never quite get the picture I was hoping to get. I’d hate to be a mouse under that stare.

A tiny mouse found scurrying outside of the exhibits in the African Pavilion

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