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 is an absolutely ‘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.
This natural beauty, captured by Photographer Winston D. Munnings, is the Owl Butterfly which is a butterfly in the genus Caligo, known for their huge eyespots, which resemble owls' eyes. They are found in the rainforests and secondary forests of Mexico, Central, and South America.. According to Heathwood.org:
there are many species of Owl butterflies. They are a large butterfly and can have a wingspan of up to 8 inches. On the underside of an Owl butterfly are large "eye-spots" which look like an owl's face. These "eye-spots" are used to scare away predators.
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.