Our Anniversary Vacation – Part 3

Okay, I’m falling behind on posting photos, so this is going to be a short one. I have a raging migraine at the moment.

If you missed Part 1 or Part 2, I detailed our visit to the Pacific Science Center to see the King Tutankhamun exhibit. It was a really neat exhibit, and once we got out, my cousin and her boyfriend mentioned they were hungry. So we made a quick stop by the insect exhibit before heading out. Unfortunately, my camera really shows it’s crapiness here, so I’ve picked a few least crappy photos.

Animitronic Scorpion My cousin hadn’t seen the nature exhibit, so we lost her and her boyfriend to the naked mole rats, and many creep crawly bugs. I was nursing a knee injury, so Pet and I sat in front of this. It’s a giant animitronic scorpion. It’s creepy, I’m not fond of bugs.

 

The Hanging Butterfly Mobile Outside The Butterfly HouseSo, after they were done poking about the mole rats and bugs, we went to get in line for the Butterfly House. If you’ve never been, you need to go if you go to the Pacific Science Center, it’s a really neat experience. Be warned though, the Butterfly House is extremely warm and humid. This is the mobile that hangs outside it.

Zebra Longwing (heliconius charitonius) This is one of the many butterflies they have, according to their handout, it’s a zebra longwing, and it stayed on that plant long enough for me to get a non blurry photo.

Red Heliconius doris Next we have what I’m guessing is a red Heliconius doris. I actually took 3 or 4 photos of this butterfly, but it was in various stages of flagging it’s wings, so this was the best non blurry photograph. I actually ended up doing this for several of the butterfly.

Male Catonephele numilia This butterfly was so neat looking, it looked like it was made of black velvet. Just a beautiful, matte finish, black velvet look. It was like a black velvet butterfly painting. All I know about it is it’s a male Numilia, and it’s probably NOT made of black velvet. It was probably my favorite butterfly.

Since it was a Saturday in August, the butterfly house was busy. There were several small kids that came in and started screaming when they saw the butterflies flying around. There was one adult that seemed to be a butterfly attractor. He had 1 on him for a while, then the next time I went past him, he had a second, and when we went to leave, someone mentioned he’d gotten a third. I guess he smelled good.

Common Blue Morpho (Morpho peledes) - Wings ClosedThese butterflies were all over, they’re a common blue morpho. However, when they land, they keep their wings together, and they look anything but blue. It’s hard to get a photo of them with the wings open.

Common Blue Morpho (Morpho peledes) - Wings OpenBut, I managed it. I have the sinking suspicion that this butterfly wasn’t alive anymore. It was in a tree, in the center of the Butterfly House. I never saw it move, so I can only assume, sadly, that it was no longer alive.

Giant Unknown Butterfly/MothOn the way out, we saw one more butterfly. I think it was actually a moth, but I don’t remember the name, and it’s not on the Butterfly House cheat sheet they have in there. We were told the name, but I forgot. It was HUGE, like the size of a plate. It was way up high on the netting around the butterfly house, so this was all the better a photo I could take.

 

After the Butterfly House, we decided to get lunch, but on the way out, we encountered one of the great souvenir things the Pacific Science Center has. They offer machines all over that make these little plastic souvenirs, and they’re generally themed to the area. For example, the one outside made the tall pillars of the science center, there was one inside by the butterfly house that made a butterfly. The one we found right as we left? A family of orange naked mole rats. My cousin loves naked mole rats, and the colour orange. So her boyfriend ponied up the $3 for it, and she was thrilled.

I didn’t get a photo of it, and I wish I had. So instead, here’s a scan of the naked mole rat postcard I picked up at the museum.

Naked Mole Rat Postcard

Part 4 is available here.. I’m going to bed.

4 thoughts on “Our Anniversary Vacation – Part 3

  1. I haven’t been to that butterfly exhibit, but did go to a temporary one in Santa Barbara and it was magical (SB is also a spot for over-wintering of monarch butterflies, which is also magical). The naked mole rats, not so much!

  2. I’ve going to zoos and exhibits. The butterfly exhibit looks lovely. I’m not a big fan of naked mole rats like Bev.

  3. Amazing pictures! I am so jealous you got to see so many fascinating things!
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