The Butterfly Pavilion at the Desert Botanical Garden is unlike the two others I have been to. The structure is a large Quonset Hut shaped building, with plastic mesh netting in place. The air flows through uninterrupted and the butterflies are all types found in Arizona. This is not a breeding program, the butterflies come from a licensed facility elsewhere. Most butterflies live for only a week, so any migrating that happens, along with breeding is amazing. We sometimes see the Red Admiral here in Nova Scotia. I wonder if it migrated?
Zebra Longwing (heliconius charitonius) (I have a brochure to copy this information from, I'm not that clever)
Giant Swallowtail (papilio cresphontes)
I'm not sure what this beauty is called. A swallowtail for sure.
Julia (dryas iulia) (also called the chef's butterfly because of Julia Child, a most famous chef)
A Julia landed on my hat and lots of people took pictures. It was quaint.
Malachite (siproeta stelenes)
I think this is a white sulpher. She's not on my list of butterflies to expect at the pavilion but I think I overheard a guide call her that.
Luna Moth (about the size of a woman's hand and it will rest in this spot until nighttime when it starts whizzing around.
Another Julia, but she's on a purple succulent. Nice colour combo.
Queen (danaus gilippus) - a lovely chocolate brown.
Cloudless Giant Sulpher (phoebis sennae) (Hey! Phoebe!)
Caterpillus Steveus banjoleus
Monarchus Laureenus, the best-us.