There are still a few butterflies flying around.
A few of the plants in the butterfly garden at MOSI in early November.
Linking to Saturday’s Critters
I’m not even going to try to give the names of these butterflies. I do know that the one above with the lime green spots is a malachite. They are rare in central Florida and mostly seen in the Keys and Caribbean. All of the above were taken in the butterfly house at MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) in north Tampa. I was tired of walking around Lettuce Lake Park but it was too nice to go home so I stopped there for an hour. There wasn’t a lot of butterflies outside in the gardens but the butterfly house still had plenty flying around.
Nature outside of MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) in north Tampa. After walking around Lettuce Lake Park nearby, I stopped at the butterfly garden at MOSI to see what was flying around. Not too many butterflies in the outside garden. It was so pretty out I just hung out for a while watching the lizards run around.
I stopped by the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa on my way home from Lettuce Lake Park on Memorial Day weekend. Besides the Imax theater and cool exhibits for kids, they have a nice butterfly garden. The garden had a complete makeover since the last time I was there and was really nice. Tons of different plants, trees and flowers with stories about a lot of them. Lots of benches in the shade. Lots of tiny critters flying around. It was really hot since I got there right before lunch so I only stayed an hour. I only had my 70-200mm f2.8 lens and hand-held it to get the above. It was nice to travel light and since I was pretty close to the flowers, I didn’t need anything longer.
Standard bee on flower shot.
Standard white butterfly on flower shot.
Standard orange butterfly on flower shot.
Standard dragonfly on plant shot.
Standard monarch on flower shot.
Standard swallowtail on screen shot.
Not so standard hovering in mid air shot.
Not so standard butterfly flying towards me shot.
Standard butterfly landing on flower shot.
I hadn’t been to the butterfly gardens at the Tampa Museum of Science and Industry since last July. I decided to stop by before I headed to the zoo to see if I could see any different butterflies than the ones I see out hiking. They were all the same. The butterfly house even had the same butterflies. Mostly zebra longwings were flying on the morning I was there. I did manage to catch a swallowtail fluttering around me head inside the screened house. I may try to stop later in the summer and see if there’s anything new there. When I was there last July there seemed to be a lot more flying around.