Beautiful, beautiful butterflies

It’s actually very difficult to write about butterflies, as everything that can possibly be said about them has already been said. So this post will mainly consist of the butterfly photos I took Sunday when Jim and I visited a Butterfly House  in Geneva, Illinois. The House is part of an old farm that has been turned into a natural history center. When we got there, we had to wait a few moments while a volunteer entered an “airlock,” and allowed us in. We were immediately enveloped in clouds of butterflies. How fun is this? I thought. Well, it was a lot of fun.

A spicebush swallowtail with a broken wing.

A monarch butterfly.

Another monarch, on the flower of a bottlebrush buckeye.

A zebra butterfly also on the bottlebrush buckeye.

What lovely wings.

A “julia.” (Dryas julia)

Common buckeye.

Not 100% sure,  but this could be a queen butterfly. There are butterfly houses all over the US–check here to see if there is one near you.

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