Carleton University Butterfly Exhibit 2012 – Final Day – October 8, 2012

Carleton University Butterfly Exhibit 2012 – Final Day – October 8, 2012

As is normal for the butterfly show at Carleton University, the number of people who want to get into the Greenhouses to see the butterflies tends to exceed the available time and at some point THE SIGN had to come out! Continue reading

Carleton University – Ottawa, Ontario – a few random images

Carleton University – Ottawa, Ontario
After dropping my brother off at the Airport for a long flight back to Vancouver, I stopped at Carleton University so that I could lend a hand, if needed, at the end of the Butterfly Exhibit. I knew that there would be a long line-up at the end of this, the final day of the butterfly exhibition, as is the norm after each year’s ten-day show.

Once I had determined that I wouldn’t be needed for a while I decided to take a short walk around that area of the campus to see what I might be able to find to photograph. Continue reading

Carleton University Butterfly Exhibition 2012 – Day 7

Carleton University Butterfly Exhibition 2012 – Day 7

Although there have been a few moments when the weather has appeared to be  a bit threatening, and a few moments of apprehension when umbrellas  had to be unfurled, the weather has so far cooperated and those in the line-ups at the greenhouses have had pretty decent weather. During this same period, my father passed away and thus my planned visits to the greenhouses had to be curtailed.  Today, however, the greenhouses were on my route and a stop of an hour was in order. Continue reading

Carleton University Butterfly Exhibition 2012 – Day 3

Carleton University Butterfly Exhibition 2012 – Day 3

I arrived at the Greenhouse on Monday just as the last of the school group tours was finishing for the day.  That left about an hour to photograph the butterflies with only a limited number of people in the greenhouse (i.e no line-up and no crowd).

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Carleton University Butterfly Show 2012 – Day 1 – Foggy Day

Carleton University Butterfly Show 2012 – Day 1 – Foggy Day

The day started out rather foggy as I headed out along the Queensway on my way to the Carleton University Butterfly Exhibit at the Nesbitt Biology Building Greenhouses (location) but the warm sun soon cleared away the fog and I arrived at the greenhouses without incident. For info about the show see previous butterfly post.

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Carleton University Butterfly Exhibit 2012 – starts Saturday

Carleton University Butterfly Exhibit 2012

This is a repost of the original August 29th, 2012 posting. I am hoping to get to the exhibit a few times in the next week. Will be adding links to any additional uploaded images as the next week progresses.

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Ed Bruggink of the Carleton University Biology Department has confirmed this week that final preparations are underway for another “Live” Tropical Butterfly event September 29th to October 8th inclusive in the H.H. Nesbitt Biology Building on the Carleton University campus. (Location) Continue reading

The Flowers of Carleton University Greenhouses

The Flowers of Carleton University Greenhouses

I was at Carleton University to pick up a copy of the poster for the upcoming Carleton University 13th Annual Butterfly Exhibit so had a bit of time to take a look into the greenhouse.  The butterflies won’t be arriving for a few weeks yet but that didn’t stop me from clicking the shutter a few times.


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Butterflies – Tailed Jay – Graphium agamemnon

Butterflies – Tailed Jay – Graphium agamemnon

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Photographed at the Carleton University “Live” Butterfly exhibit in the Fall of 2010. (Location)

Not surprisingly, given its wing shape and coloration when opened, the Tailed Jay is often referred to by its other common. more clearly descriptive names – The Green Spotted Triangle or the Spotted Green Kite. It is a large butterfly and its bright green coloration makes it an instant hit in the butterfly conservatory display industry.  It also helps when the Tailed Jay comes for a piece of fresh orange held out to it by an excited youngster.

The Tailed Jay is native of Malaysia and south-east Asia where its coloration helps to camouflage it in the rain forest environment that it inhabits. Its range extends southward into northern Queensland.

The Tailed Jay is a member of the Swallowtail family of butterflies (Papilionidae) which includes the Tiger Swallowtail common in Eastern North America.

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Butterflies – Lemon Pansy – Jumonia lemonias

Butterflies – Lemon Pansy – Jumonia lemonias

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Photographed at the Carleton University “Live” Butterfly exhibit in the Fall of 2010. (Location)

The Lemon Pansy is a small to medium-sized Asian butterfly that is common in old fields, vacant lots and similar well-lit quiet areas. A quick flyer but stops to rest with wings open near to the ground so accommodating for photographers. It is a member of the Nymphalidae family of butterflies (brush-footed butterflies). It belongs to the same sub-family: Nymphalinae as the Tortoiseshells of North America. The underwing colour is a dull brown with t a few spots.

 

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Butterflies – Zebra Longwing – Heliconius charitonia

Butterflies – Zebra Longwing – Heliconius charitonia

Photographed at the Carleton University “Live” Butterfly exhibit in the Fall of 2010. (Location)

The Zebra Longwing is one of the favorites of the commercial butterfly houses and exhibits.   They are long lived, flashy and attracted to various members of the Passion Vine which grow well in greenhouse environments.  It range includes the southern USA where it is the official Florida butterfly as well as Central America, the northern portions of South America and various islands in the Caribbean.  Like many butterflies, the Zebra Longwing caterpillar is able to absorb poisonous compounds found in the Passion Vines and pass those compounds along to the adult stage thus providing some deterrent to predators which might otherwise view them as a meal. Because they survive for long periods in captivity (2 -3 months) and breed comfortably in captivity, the Zebra Longwings are often used in butterfly studies as well as being just another pretty butterfly flitting from flower to flower in butterfly exhibits.

 

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