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Wordless Wednesday: Butterflies Are Back At Wisley

Great Mormon

Wordless Wednesday: Butterflies Are Back At Wisley!

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Wordless Wednesday: Jungle Fever

Heliconia - Lobster Claw Plant

Wordless Wednesday: Jungle Fever (a gallery)

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Blue Monday: Blue And Gold

Oscar

Blue Monday: Blue And Gold

In The Princess Of Wales Conservatory at Kew Gardens there is a viewing area for visitors to see the tropical, freshwater fish that live in the aquaria. Amongst their number is this Oscar! A cichlid, found wild in the waters of South America, he’s very handsome and enjoyed showing off for my camera.

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Blue Monday: Passion Flower

Passion Flower

Blue Monday: Passion Flower

Yesterday we had a family day out to the beautiful Hall Place and Gardens in Bexley. The gardens are also home to the Butterfly Jungles Experience and JAMBS Owls display. There is so much to explore around the grounds and in the glasshouses, it’s a truly wonderful place! This vibrant, blue passion flower was in the butterfly glasshouse, an exhibit that truly took my breath away. I’m looking forward to our next outing to Hall Place with more exploration and fun with the kids!

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Tree Nymph

Tree Nymph

The Tree Nymph is undoubtedly my favourite of the tropical butterflies at the Butterflies in The Glasshouse exposition at RHS Wisley Gardens.

They are so very ethereal, it’s easy to see how these types of butterfly got their family name “Nymphalidae”. To naturalists and explorers of the 19th Century they must have appeared as fairies with their soft, undulating flight amongst the foliage.

I often photograph them hanging from vines or the underside of leaves, looking as if they were suspended by a fine thread.

Today many of them were in flight, looping in lazy circles around their favoured flowers. It truly is a sight to behold.

They are also known as Paper Kites or Rice Paper. I think Nymph suits them better. I rather like the idea that they are the denizens of the woods and trees, the mythical Dryads.

I’ll be posting an album of all the butterflies I’ve seen this week on my Facebook page in the next few days. Just click on the photo to find me!

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Wisley/What-s-on/Butterflies

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Zebra Longwing Butterfly

Zebra Longwing Butterfly

January and February at RHS Wisley turn winter blues into tropical highlights with the wonderful Butterflies in The Glasshouse event. It opens officially on Saturday 12th but as with most years a few of the butterflies have emerged early giving the visitors a special preview of what’s to come. I can thoroughly recommend this event to all, just spectacular 🙂

The photo links to the RHS visitor guide