Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Blooming Butterflies

A couple of weeks ago we went to see the Blooming Butterflies at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Now that I'm no longer afraid of butterflies, I really think they're quite fascinating. Yes, yes I was afraid of butterflies at one point. I just don't like things that might unexpectedly land on me. They do flutter about somewhat aimlessly, you must admit. I always loved them in the distance but kind of freaked out if they got too close. Well, for whatever reason I got over that so now I can really enjoy them.

In addition to the live butterflies (fresh from their cocoons even!) the show also had on display a collection of butterfly specimens. They were all labeled with a date and location which I'm convincing myself was the date and location of their death from entirely natural causes, thank you very much. Some of the specimens were 80 years old and as a museum curator, my first thought was how incredibly difficult it must be to keep live bugs from completely consuming these specimens.

The collection really illustrated how many incredible butterflies exist around the world. And judging by the size of its butterflies, I've scratched Sumatra off the list of likely vacation spots. Yikes.

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