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    butterflies

    These are butterflies that were let to roam around at the Montreal Botanical Gadrens.
    They isolated one area of the greenhouses and let them flutter and float and feed off of the flowers and fruit dishes. A fun experience!



















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    I love that moth in the 7th picture. It must have been what, 5 to 7 inches across? There were probably quite a few of them, too, judging by all those cacoons...

    Strangest part is, Saturniid moths like those metamorph into large moths - that lack mouthparts! Their sole purpose is to mate and lay eggs in the three days they have to live.

    Did you see any large green luna moths?
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    nah, i didn't see them, but it was written that there were some! i have to go back and find them! i'll edit them so they have the names soon...
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    Aww, shucks...Well, let us know when you do find them! Thanks for sharing!
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    i remember seeing 2 large green Luna moths, they are absolutely breathtaking, large and green too! nice pics Blokeman, i have to go there very soon!
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    Nice! Those atlas moths (pics #7 and 16) get huge, the biggest in the world except for cecropia, and god, they have a ton of cocoons there! Usually seeing two in the same place is a rare experience. #14 and #15 are owl butterflies, the other side of the wings is a beautiful blue, but it's kinda hard to get that in a photo. I once had #10 lay an egg on me in a butterfly conservatory near where I live. A guy who worked there plucked it off and put it with the rest of them, I wonder if it survived. Oh, and it looks like you captured one laying an egg in the second to last picture. That botanic garden just might be having some caterpillar issues soon with all those butterflies flying around...
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    well it's a pleasure to see you've enjoyed these pics,
    more to come!
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    WOW! They're so beautiful! Must've been a nice experience.
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