Butterflies! Flying, beautiful animals that we sometimes don’t appreciate intricately. That is what we will do in a very subtle form. So, let’s continue on what Pico Bonito offers. For now, it is worth expressing that there is a nice butterfly farm with at least 12 distinct kinds. You can ingress the butterfly house after acquiring the pass obtained at a nearby lounge.
The main purpose of the butterfly house/farm is to keep the butterflies safe form predators. There you can delight yourself walking around and understanding the beauty that they express. I do accept that I did have a very nice time hearing about them. Getting to acquire new knowledge is always welcome and let’s you appreciate life in a broader sense.
Facts about butterflies
I got a personal tour guide to help around with all the questions I had. He was kind enough to share some details on butterflies. He told me many things about their life spans and the classes that exist within the butterfly house. By nature it is understood that butterflies are cold blooded animals. This means that they have a higher life expectancy under cooler conditions. They normally hibernate until it gets warmer, thus surviving for many days on end. Also, eggs adapt to this factor in the same way. Butterflies of course start off as eggs, then become larvae, later as a pupa and finally as an adult or a fully formed butterfly. Eggs are normally placed in leaves with a special glue that they produce. Leaves offer a great ground for the eggs to develop into their futures phases.
In the adult form, they can fly to speeds of up to 12 miles per hour. Their life spans cans range anywhere from 1 week to 9 months depending on their kind and climate. Monarchs and heliconians generally live the longest in average.
I wasn’t previously aware that they feed on fruit. Pico bonito has a varied vegetation which may include pineapples, cacao, watermelons and many other fruits typically found locally in a tropical country like Honduras. On the way to the butterfly house, Elmer, my tour guide, helped me take down a couple of cacao pods which were full of delicious seeds which I later used as food for the butterflies. It was quite comfortable picturing the ones that were resting on leaves. But on the contrary, the ones that were flying around were too dynamic for me to picture them.
I was content with gaining new information on butterflies. It was also a complete joy to take many pictures of some of the distinct kinds that one can observe. When taking on new adventures, it is great to not limit your possibilities only to things that you might be readily familiar. I hope I am able to visit this place in the near future. Especially if I can get to eat more cacao seeds! If you get the chance to do the same, be sure to take your cameras, and have an open mind for a moment of diversion. The world is truly full of wonders.