Today brought my last opportunity, for 2013, to photograph the beautiful Butterflies in The Glasshouse at RHS Wisley Garden. They didn’t disappoint!
This is the Golden Birdwing, part of the swallowtail family, with a wingspan of between 14 and 16cm it is truly magnificent.
Today I was taking photos alongside my brother-in-law, Kevin, and our first sight of this butterfly today was in the hatchery, shortly after its emergence from the chrysalis.
RHS staff then brought it into the tropical zone of the Glasshouse where it remained posing on one tree for a long while.
In truth, I didn’t expect to see it fly as it can take many hours for a butterfly’s wings to harden!
It was just as we were making our way out that our golden beauty took to the wing and gave us a spectacular show as it fuelled itself with nectar.
I hope this sequential image leaves you as spellbound as we were at the time.
I’d like to thank the RHS and, in particular, the staff and volunteers at The Glasshouse, RHS Wisley for bringing us this spectacular exposition each year, amongst all the other wonderful work they do.
Tomorrow is FREE entry to the gardens and The Glasshouse http://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley