Saturday, April 17, 2010

Inside the butterfly house

It's been a pleasantly busy few days which included a trip to our local zoo (which is one of the best in the world). A recent addition is a butterfly house which included a display of Chinese oak silk moth caterpillars (Antheraea pernyi).

It was great to see the little animals chomping through leaves. Of course there were other butterflies too and I took pictures of the ones that sat still enough to stay in focus:

one black,

one piebald,

one delicately coloured

...and a group that arranged themselves like the eyes of something much larger.


Blogger dhamel said...

Now I know what piebald means! The eyes are very cool.

Sun Apr 18, 01:18:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Not sure that's piebald in the conventional sense, Debra - just a word that came to me late at night.

The eyes were even better 'live'. I didn't get the angle quite right here.

Sun Apr 18, 08:30:00 am  
Blogger Б.Баясгалан said...

the piebald one is so exciting to see.

Sun Apr 18, 10:21:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Thank you! And thank you for visiting from Mongolia! That is exciting for me.

Sun Apr 18, 10:40:00 am  

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