Have you noticed how young children are so fascinated with Butterflies, many adults too? Butterflies belong to that order of insects called lepidoptera or scaled-winged insects. These insect beauties have a world of fascinating attributes. The first, is their life cycle which is called metamorphosis and the second is their notable mass migrations each year.
Butterflies, in the eyes of some, are the most attractive and aesthetically pleasing of insects. Some associate butterflies with things that are gentle like icons of peace, delicate flower petals, or reverent classical music.
Nevertheless, butterflies are anything but fragile, but are inherently resilient due to incredibly reproductive capabilities coupled with adaptive self-defense mechanisms such as mimicry, camouflage, and their large population size. Only the destruction of their habitat is a concern for their long-term viability and welfare.
Here are some pictures of Butterflies that I took recently at a butterfly exhibit here in the Southwest.
In the days and weeks to come, it is my intent to post photos and share my many rich and fulfilling Arizona experiences. Hopefully, this blog will engender and create an interest on the part of the reader to know more about the diversity of the "Grand Canyon State" and possibly visit. (November 23rd, 2009)
I was born and raised in the cold country of Minnesota. After spending thirty seven years in education, retirement in Arizona was my answer. Today, my interests and passions include traveling, playing tennis and being with my grandchildren.