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Old 09-29-2009, 12:16 PM   #1
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Something got a chunk of this poor guy/girl ...
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Old 09-29-2009, 12:18 PM   #2
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Too much turbulence on landing???
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Old 09-29-2009, 12:57 PM   #3
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I do have some praying mantises in the yard. One day I found nothing but butterfly pieces below the bush. Made me sad.
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:47 PM   #4
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Your butterfly has enough wing surface for flight. They can lose some to wear and tear and still fly. They do look so fragile but they are more resilient than we think. You do have a real beauty there even with a chunk missing.

Here's a neat little site on worn and faded monarch wings that you might like-
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:02 PM   #5
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We often visit the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls where there are about 3,000 butterflies lose at any given time. They land on the ground, or your arm, they don't live very long and they frequently are in a similar state as yours. It's a beautiful sight to see so many flying around!

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Old 10-01-2009, 09:55 AM   #6
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Sage, that sounds like a magical place. I was in Niagara Falls many years ago ... hmmm ... mid 80s maybe? ... I don't remember hearing of it.
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Old 10-07-2009, 01:40 PM   #7
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We visited the Missouri Botanical Gardens Butterfly House. It was a wonderful experience. We have driven down to Chicago to visit their butterfly houses however they did not hold a candle to that which was provided by the Botanical Gardens in MO.

I would like to see more photos of the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls if you happen to have any.
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