Safari Park – Butterfly Jungle 3-17-13

Imagine walking among lush plants and beautiful flowers, while butterflies of every size and color dance their way around you…a few even lilt gracefully on your hand, arms or head. This is what it’s like to walk through San Diego Safari Park’s Butterfly Jungle exhibit. It is held in the Hidden Jungle area, usually a very quiet little enclosure, exhibiting rare plants, birds and insects. It becomes a bustling hub from March 16th to April 7th, while the butterflies make it their home. Although it can be quite crowded, the experience of seeing the butterflies up close is not lost. There wasn’t one person in our family who did not have a butterfly land on them, multiple times! Also, they are perched everywhere on leaves around you, so photo opportunities abound.

What We Saw

The Orange Julia has got to be my favorite! It is such a gorgeous shade or orange and I adore the name! I had only one butterfly land on me while we were there, and it was this one! I consider that special!

Orange Julia

Orange Julia

The Paper Kite is a delicate black and yellow butterfly, that looked stunning among all of the brightly colored flowers!

Paper Kite

Paper Kite

The Common Blue Morpho is one of the most uncommonly beautiful butterflies. It is quite unassuming, with it’s brown and gold spotted wings…until it opens them!  

Common Blue Morpho

Common Blue Morpho

The inside of it’s wings are a striking iridescent blue, that is dazzling to look upon! It is also quite a large butterfly, and when it lands on you, you can’t help but be mesmerized by it’s loveliness.

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Common Blue Morpho

The Postman is a small red, black and yellow butterfly that we observed in abundance!



The Zebra Longwing is a small pale yellow and black striped butterfly, as it’s name implies. They had one of the most delicate flutters of all!

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Zebra Longwing

And then there’s this guy.

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I still can’t identify him properly. It’s hard to tell in the photo, but this butterfly is huge. It had landed on one of the employees pant leg and he said it had been there for around a couple of hours! I know he said the name of this butterfly, but I can not remember what it was, and I can’t find it in my guide. It is quite beautiful with it’s muted iridescence! I’m sure I’ll find out the proper name for this one, and I’ll be sure to update my information here.

Our trip to Butterfly Jungle was a lot of fun and enjoyable for the whole family. I would highly recommend taking advantage of this fabulous exhibit if you are in the area!


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