Understanding Butterflies

April 7, 2008 at 11:03 pm 13 comments

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):

Butterfly, not worrying about getting devoured.

Butterfly resting *underneath* a leaf.

Jimmie would probably try to eat moths as well.

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


More pictures from the Butterfly Pavilion can be found on my Flickr site.

Entry filed under: Butterfly.

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. geekhiker  |  April 8, 2008 at 12:23 am

    And remember, if anybody says it’s cheating, you admitted up front where you were, so it’s okay.

    Lovely shots. I shall keep the quick reference in mind for future use, too!

  • 2. A-Ron  |  April 8, 2008 at 8:19 am

    I wonder if butterflies are ready for the new Tiger-endorsed Gatoraid with TWICE the electrolytes!

  • 3. TGAW  |  April 8, 2008 at 8:24 am

    I wonder if the figure-conscious butterflies wish the Pavilion served lower-calorie G2 Gatorade.

  • 4. Clint  |  April 8, 2008 at 9:52 am

    “It’s got electrolytes!”
    “But what are electrolytes?”
    “They’re what butterflies need!”
    “But why do they need them?”
    “uh…. Electrolytes!”

  • 5. Chriggy  |  April 8, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    “What are electrolytes? Do you even know?”

  • 6. Dave  |  April 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    “They’re… what they use to make Brawndo!”

  • 7. Katie  |  April 13, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    These are beautiful photographs.

  • 8. Flashback to Tick Season 2006 « TGAW  |  April 28, 2008 at 10:53 am

    […] Butterflies like Gatorade. Ticks, apparently, don’t like Sprite. […]

  • 9. tgaw  |  April 29, 2008 at 12:06 am

    @Dave, Clint and Chriggy – I watched Idiocracy recently, so now I am fully equipped to understand your comments. 🙂

  • 10. Clint  |  April 29, 2008 at 12:23 am

    hahaha, did you watch it because of our comments?

  • 11. TGAW  |  April 29, 2008 at 12:26 am

    @Clint – Yes, yes I did. Dave’s comment led me to a Wikipedia article on Brawndo, which enlightened me about the movie. And my next stop after that was Netflix.

  • 12. Chriggy  |  April 29, 2008 at 12:34 am

    That’s funny 🙂

  • 13. The Pacific Science Center « TGAW  |  June 13, 2011 at 1:05 am

    […] Tropical Butterfly House The finale of our visit to Tropical Butterfly House. At 4000 square feet and with 500 butterflies imported weekly, it really blew away the Butterfly Pavilion I saw at the Smithsonian in 2008. […]


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