Desert Botanical Garden Butterflies

Maxine & Jonathan Marshall Butterfly Pavilion 

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2007 was the 6th year for the Spring Butterfly Exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona, and every year it seems to be getting more popular.  There is also a Fall exhibit just for Monarchs.  

 

The Butterflies

If you've never been in a butterfly exhibit like the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion, you've probably never seen so many on one small space.  Because they're in a confined space with lots of people walking by, they're also quite tame so approaching them is no problem at all and they seem to ignore the visitors for the most part.  

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Gulf Fritillary 

Julia

  Buckeye

Gulf Fritillary 

Spicebush Swallowtail

Julia and Gulf Fritillary

Zebra Longwing

Julia

Spicebush Swallowtail

Zebra Swallowtail

Painted Lady

Julia

Gulf Fritillary 

Julia

Cecropia Moth

Luna Moth

Promethea Moth

Julia

Gulf Fritillary 

White Peacock

Zebra Longwing

Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Cecropia

Cecropia

Cecropia

Julia

Julia

Julia

 

The Exhibit

The exhibit itself is basically a large tent with screens to let sunlight in.  There are two "air locks" on either end for the entrance and exit so that the butterflies do not escape.  Only so many spectators are allowed in at a time so there might be a small wait to enter.  Unless you're already a member of the DBG, entrance requires a special ticket (currently $2) which is purchased at the time you enter the grounds.  Though I'm very much in favor of having a year round facility which would require temperature control, when the weather is conducive the near "open air" approach of this straightforward tent is simply wonderful.

 

The Kids

When it comes to kids and the exhibit, they generally come in two flavors: those that love it and are overjoyed when a butterfly lands on them and those that treat the flying butterflies like they were bees.  

 

Waiting in line - yellow tickets to the exhibit in hand.

 

 

The Kids & Their Cameras

 

As you can see, they can come pretty young!

And a little older ...

And the kids can be pretty big, too! 

 

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