I haven’t had much luck photographing butterflies in my various outdoor adventures. For whatever reason, those things don’t seem to like being chased by dogs that want to eat them. Picky, picky, picky.
This past weekend, however, I stumbled on a way to get some decent shots. Join three hundred live butterflies in a small, enclosed, dog-free space! These are from the Smithsonian’s Butterfly Pavilion (Tickets are $6 for adults):
I think during the exhibit I was supposed to be learning about how plants and butterflies evolved side-by-side and complimented each other’s features. But the lesson that will stick with me is the food sources in the Pavilion. They had flowers for the butterflies to get nectar, fresh fruit for the butterflies to get sugar and then… Gatorade for the butterflies to get their electrolytes! I didn’t taste it, but it looks like the Orange flavor to me (Better Orange than Fierce Grape, I suppose).
For easy reference, a quick summary:
|Butterflies Like:||Orange Gatorade|
|Butterflies Dislike:||Being Eaten|
Entry filed under: Butterfly.