Lovely Lepidoptera

The butterfly garden at the Florida Museum of Natural History is a gorgeous site.  I wouldn’t mind having something similar in my backyard; an aviary of fine mesh and butterflies dancing about. 

Of course, I’d have to keep only Florida natives.  And it would be a tremendous amount of upkeep to maintain a stable population.  The adults just don’t last very long.

Then again, if I could raise painted lady butterflies in the dead of winter in Delaware for entomology class I suppose keeping zebra wing butterflies in Florida might not pose such a hurdle.  I wonder if they can also exist on grape jelly.  Or perhaps I should be feeding them something much more organic? 

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