Exploring the Butterfly Rainforest

A word of warning: if you’re easily bugged out by images of insects, this post is not for you.

Today, I went to the Florida Museum of Natural History located here in Gainesville, FL and spent about an hour just gawking at all of the dazzling butterflies in their special Butterfly Rainforest exhibit! I was pleasantly surprised to discover that these butterflies were anything but camera shy, and upon realization quickly proceeded to shove my camera lens as close to them as I possibly could.

Additionally, I love the art of collecting and displaying quotes, so accompanying the butterfly snapshots are a few choice words from some well-known authors concerning these little critters.

“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”

— John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

“Hundreds of butterflies flitted in and out of sight like short-lived punctuation marks in a stream of consciousness without beginning or end.

— Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

“A power of Butterfly must be – / The Aptitude to fly / Meadows of Majesty concedes / And easy Sweeps of Sky -”

— Emily Dickinson, “My Cocoon tightens — Colors teaze” (1099)

Now, onto the butterflies themselves!

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