Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sensational Butterflies

When I was in London with Laura, we took an unplanned detour to the Natural History Museum. This ended up being an excellent decision as Laura suggested we visited the pop up Sensational Butterflies exhibit in the gardens. It was one of the most joyful experiences I've had all year.

The atmosphere inside Sensational Butterflies was wonderful. As soon as I stepped through the entrance I could see hundreds of butterflies flitting about, and the space was also filled with beautiful flowers and fruits. 
I can't say I have ever seen a Blue Morpho alongside ripe lemons on the branch before. There were lots of the Blue Morphos, and they were so beautiful with their richly coloured, opalescent wings-when they were flying they almost shimmered.

Even when closed, the Blue Morphos looked equally stunning. They have such interesting markings on the underside of their wings.

I was extremely lucky to have one land on me, and Laura kindly snapped a few pictures so I would have a memento of this special moment. It was magical.

 Of course there were lots of other beautiful butterflies. This red and black butterfly was particularly striking.

It was amazing being able to get so close to these delicate creatures.

As well as the butterflies, there were cases with hundreds of chrysalis, waiting to hatch out.

Inside one of the cases, a few newly emerged butterflies were just beginning to spread their wings.

On the way out I noticed a whole table of Blue Morphos feeding on fruit. It looked like the butterfly equivalent of a tea party!

Sensational Butterflies really was sensational, and I won't be forgetting the experience any time soon.


  1. Beautiful photos here Polly, the morpho is just gorgeous and I love the shots you got of the line of chrysali and the emerging butterflies. The photo where it landed on you was truly magical. - Tasha

  2. I adore butterflies! Watching them hatch would be amazing! Love your hair!