The Greek philosopher Aristotle once said: ‘Art takes Nature as its model.’ This certainly speak volumes when you enter the ‘Wings of the Tropics’ exhibit at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (one of the world’s most unique botanical gardens) just off Old Curler Road in Coral Gables Florida.
This detour a ‘must see’ on your ‘To Do’ list when visiting Metropolitan Miami, and a favorite (especially) of young children who seem totally taken back with so much breathtaking beauty so easily accessible to them.
The ‘Wings of the Tropics' exhibit in the Clinton Family Conservatory is the most recent exhibit launched by Fairchild last year. It is a one-of-a-kind display of about three thousand butterflies representing about forty different species like the exotic heliconids, morphos and owl butterflies, just to name a few, from Central America, South America and from the Asian Peninsula.
the Common Lacewing is a beautiful butterfly found in Southeast Asia. The upper side of the wings of both the male and female of this species feature a bright orange-red color with black borders. The outer margins of both wings are serrated, particularly more so on the hind wings, giving the wings a saw-toothed appearance. The complex patterning on the underside of the wings giving it it’s common name. Some people think that the patterning on the underside of the wings looks like a choir full of singers.
The exhibit is truly a sight to observe and, photographers in particular, just can’t seem to get enough of it. Caution, however: If you have the little ones with you, DO NOT go to this exhibit without a camera in hand. You’ll never forgive yourself. The photo opportunities are incredible and represent images you’ll certainly want to share with the entire family (and friends) for many years to come.
The ‘Wings of the Tropics’ exhibit is open daily between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.