In the last 2 or 3 years, an acquaintance of my family has built a butterfly garden on the property. The lady who cares for the butterflies and the garden is now good friends with my 9 year old daughter, Lily. Lily knows all about butterflies now. They charge a few dollars for nursery visitors to enter the butterfly garden and look around.
If you're ever in the Austin area, you should stop by and visit! We spent some time inside the butterfly garden over the weekend. I was able to take some photos with my phone. I'd love to take some with my real camera, but with my 2 year old running around trying to catch the butterflies it isn't easy to take photos.
Sadly, I don't know much about the butterflies. The only one I know is the Zebra Longwing which is pictured in the very top photo of the collage. It's found from South America all the way up to South Texas and even in Florida. It's actually the official state butterfly of Florida since 1996.
Inside the garden, there are also some butterfly chrysalis waiting to hatch from caterpillars to butterflies. On Sunday, we got to see some hatching butterflies but a few of them had some trouble getting out of their cocoons. The photo below is of a bunch of butterfly chrysalis. It's taken through a plastic screen, so that's what all the blurry stuff is.
Anyways, I think the butterfly garden is pretty cool so I thought I'd share with you all. Let me know what your favorite butterfly is in the comments!