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I went to the zoo last Sunday and couldn't believe how many butterflies were bombarding me, and flying around in the enclosure. The most I'd ever seen. So I decided to go back for a few hours on Thursday to take my time, and photograph them. It appeared to be mating season, as there were many butterflies, chasing other ones.
Butterflies mate through sexual reproduction, and mating begins when the male butterfly detects a female butterfly releasing pheromones at close range. If the female accepts the male, the male attaches to the female's abdomen, injecting a sperm packet into her stomach that she stores until she decides to lay eggs. Mmmmm.....this explained the 'hanky panky' behaviour!
Here are some photos from Thursday, enjoy :)
In a wheelchair permanently since early 2010 due to a disease called NMO. I am loving getting out and about in my wheels. My blogs capture my journey.