Here is a gallery of butterflies I saw the other day at the Butterfly Park in Benalmádena. Quite a difference between two recent visits – one month apart – as far as number of butterflies and species are concerned.
The Paper Kite, Idea leuconoe, is also sometimes referred to as the Rice Paper butterfly or Large Tree Nymph and originates from Southeast Asia, although it is now also to be found in parts of Northern Australia.
A short video of some butterflies at the Butterfly Park in Benalmádena, Spain.
The relatively short life cycle of butterflies and moths, only days in some cases (the huge, colourful and mouthless Atlas Moth for example), means that you never know what you are going to find when you visit the Butterfly Park. There could be a multitude flying around or not so many, new species or old favourites, it’s all a bit of a lottery.
A few shots of some caterpillars at the Butterfly Park in Benalmádena, Spain. This first one, only about an inch […]
All the old favourites were fluttering around the Butterfly Park, or just hanging around in some cases like the Attacus atlas and Samia ricini, mainly because, being moths, they are nocturnally active.
Owl butterflies, amongst others, are partial to rotting or fermenting fruit, grapes and bananas being amongst the favourites. Quite an intense aroma!
This first caterpillar, Hipolimnas bolina, was munching its way along a large leaf at quite a rate of knots. Looks quite fearsome close up.
A few more pics from the Butterfly Park, starting with this rather nice yellow specimen relaxing on the trunk of a tree.