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Old Jul 23, 2009, 6:11 PM   #1
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Default Visit to a California Butterfly House

1 Common Buckeye - they always alight with wings spread, but when on the ground can be easily stepped on!
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2 Safer when nectaring!
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3 California Dogface, the official State butterfly - they never alight with wings open.
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4 A couple of males sunning on the ground. You can almost see the top pattern (the "dogface") through the bottom of the forewing on the males (females are all yellow)
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5. Mourning Cloak
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Old Jul 23, 2009, 6:15 PM   #2
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They buy chrysalises from commercial breeders to get species started, or to "hatch" those they can't breed themselves.

6 Mourning Cloak chrysalis
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7 Swallowtail chrysalis (don't know which one)
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Old Aug 2, 2009, 1:13 PM   #3
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cool butterfly shots penolta. earlier this year i had the chance to visit the butterfly exhibit at the san diego wild animal park. very fun but crowded shoot. nice work on the buckeye.

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Great photos.
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