May 15th, 2012

Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Lepidoptera

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator  

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 doesn’t start until next week — May 25 — but  here are some behind the scenes photos to whet your appetite.  You have plenty of time to make it over to the Garden to see Butterflies LIVE! it runs May 25 – October 14, 2012.

Banded Peacock Butterfly

Papilio palinurus – Banded Peacock, Asia, just prior to release in the Conservatory’s North Wing, in preparation for the exhibit opening on May 25.

Banded Peacock ButterflyThe Banded Peacock in its element.
chrysalidesLewis Ginter employee Grant Howell inspects a set of pupae. Grant is the manager of the 2012 butterfly exhibition.
Orchard SwallowtailPapilio demodocus – Orchard Swallowtail, Africa.
Three Tailed SwallowtailPapilio pilumnus – Three-Tailed Swallowtail, neo-tropical.

Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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