Butterfly Visits a Desert Mesquite

(Queen Butterfly Visits the Desert. Credit: Elijah)

Butterfly Visits a Desert Mesquite. Credit: Eli | The Living Desert

The picture above was captured at the Living Desert, our local zoo and garden. The picture was submitted by Eli, a 4th grader and a promising photographer. He follows 34 Kiwis and enjoyed our butterfly post (see links below). He sent us an email and picture from his latest visit to the zoo, mentioning that it was a challenge to snap a picture of this butterfly because it kept moving around from tree to tree. After many clicks of his digital camera, he found the right one to save. We agree!

Hello 34 Kiwis.

I would like to share this picture.

We went to the Living Desert, a zoo and botanical garden in Palm Desert. As we walked we saw a butterfly garden and I remembered your butterfly post. It was hard to catch this picture and I did not get a clear picture the first time. I had to follow the butterfly until he landed. Each time he landed, I tried to get a clearer picture. It took a long time and a lot of concentration, but eventually I got a clear shot. I hope you like both my picture and my post.

Sincerely,

Eli

(Butterflies in the garden. Credit: Eli/The Living Desert)

Butterflies in the garden. Credit: Eli | The Living Desert

We completely enjoy his pictures and post comments! Thank you Eli for sharing your experience with us, including sendind the picture of the information plate found in the botanical garden.

If you are ever in the Coachella Valley, stop by and visit this beautiful place, The Living Desert.

LEARN MORE: THE NORTHER WANDERER

LEARN MORE: THE LIFE CYCLE OF A BUTTERFLY

  • What curious question would you like to ask Eli about his photographs?
  • Aside from botanical gardens, make a list locations where you can discover migrating butterflies?
  • Looking at the Butterflies in the garden picture, what kind of butterfly do you believe Eli captured in his shot? Describe the butterfly characteristics you see.


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6 replies

  1. I could not find one:(

  2. THiS IS SO HARD!

  3. I tried everything to get a picture of one and none came to my backyard

  4. Butterflies are very tricky to photograph. Great job, Eli!