Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Butterfly Place

Since I had a good birding morning at Wildwood Cemetery, and the afternoon was overcast with poor lighting, I thought I'd spend my free time indoors at The Butterfly Place in Westford, MA.  80-85 degrees, blooming flowers, flitting butterflies and small chirping birds made for a very pleasant afternoon!

Blue Morpho

also Blue Morpho

Zebra Longwings

Green Banded Swallowtail


King Swallowtail

Zebra Longwing

Rice Paper


Owl Butterfly

Blue Parrots

Zebra finch (male)

Zebra Finch (female)


Red Lacewing

Leafwing, Tiger
(should have tails - so this ID may be wrong)

Mocker Swallowtail (male)

Mocker Swallowtail (male)

Mocker Swallowtail (female)

Citrus Swallowtail


Forest Pearl Charaxes

When I bought my ticket, the lady asked me to please watch out for the blue parrots, which had not learned to fly yet.  They were flying from their seed dish up into this plant and back.  I was glad not to see them in danger of being stepped on!


  1. Lovely to see butterflies again. I particularly like the Swallowtail Mocker. I have never seen anything like that before. Hopefully it won't be too long until we see butterflies out and about this year.

    1. It was! I am still trying to ID the others. It's a time-consuming project! I wish the place would provide a gallery of its butterflies with the names, but they don't. It is a good place to visit in the deep mid winter, but I really like seeing them in their native habitat better.

    2. If you search for Guy Padfield butterfly-house pictures he has put together a page of butterflies commonly found in collections to help aid identification. You may find some of your butterflies there.

    3. Thanks! I did find more on there and bookmarked it for future reference!