Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Lepidoptera

Yeah, from the title you immediately knew this post would be about butterflies. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is installing its 2012 Butterflies LIVE! exhibition in the Conservatory. The exhibition runs May 25 – October 14. Today the first five butterflies were released, and here are a few shots to whet your appetite.

Papilio palinurus – Banded Peacock, Asia, just prior to release.
The Banded Peacock in its element.
Lewis Ginter employee Grant Howell inspects a set of pupae. Grant is the manager of the 2012 butterfly exhibition.
Papilio demodocus – Orchard Swallowtail, Africa.
Papilio pilumnus – Three-Tailed Swallowtail, neo-tropical.

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