Monday, June 23, 2008

San Antonio Zoo 6/12/08

The San Antonio Zoo has been well-planned in several ways. My favorite is their smallish butterfly house. Like many enclosed butterfly habitats, this one is stocked with Central and South American staples: Tiger Mimic Queen, Morpho, Postman, and so on.

Unlike many habitats, the butterflies are up close, and children are taught and encouraged to let a butterfly crawl onto the finger (without damaging the butterfly!). As a result, the butterflies are no longer a hands-off, eyes only experience. Instead, my daughters became interested in their behavior: How can I get this butterfly to land on me? And, Daddy, can I get a Blue Morpho to land on me? (Thanks, Diego!)

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Cattleheart (Parides sp.)
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Dryadula phaetusa
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Papilio androgeus with tails missing
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The Grecian Shoemaker (Catonephele numilia)
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C. numilia underside
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Anartia fatima
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Unidentified Nymphalid
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underside
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Same being shared between friends
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Morpho sp. on Homo curiosa
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Heliconius sapho pair. The female is uninterested and the male hasn't quite figured that out yet.
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JRC