A Cream-spotted Tigerwing butterfly ( Tithorea tarricina) sits on a leaf at the Butterfly Palace in Branson, Missouri.
We are not touristy people. We learned years ago on our honeymoon after visiting The Lost Sea Adventure in Tennessee not to fall into those traps. But when we saw a brochure for the Butterfly Palace in Branson, Missouri, we couldn’t help ourselves.
The Butterfly Palace has an aviary where you can walk among thousands of butterflies as they flutter from branch to branch. They even provide you with “nectar flowers” you can hold as the butterflies come and feed right from your hand. At the Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure, you can observe butterflies from all over the world.
There’s something about butterflies that captures the imagination of the young and the young at heart. Maybe it’s their fairy-like qualities or the gentle flashes of color as they slowly flap their wings while drinking nectar. The only thing I know for sure is that the world would be a dimmer place without butterflies. Do you still feel that childlike wonder every time a butterfly lands on you?
This week I thought I would share some of my images from the Butterfly Palace. I hope they bring back some of your childhood memories.
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A Doris Longwing Butterfly (Heliconius doris) sits on a leaf at the Butterfly Palace in Branson, Missouri.
A Giant Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio cresphontes) rest on a small limb at the Butterfly Palace in Branson, Missouri.
A close-up image of a True Cattleheart Butterfly (Parides eurimedes mylotes) as it sits on a leaf at the Butterfly Palace in Branson, Missouri.
A Leopard Lacewing butterfly (Cethosia cyane) Sits on a leaf at the Butterfly Palace in Branson, Missouri.