My Close Encounter With Beautiful Butterflies In Davao City

It was during a morning meeting held at Davao City that I was able to inquire from my good friend Ben Togonon if he had an idea on the exact location of a butterfly garden I heard about in the city where beautiful butterflies abound. And I was really ecstatic with his response that the spot we were located was just a few kilometers away from the said place situated within the Davao Crocodile Park Complex in the Diversion Road, Maa, Davao City, Mindanao Island, Philippines.

During our break, we headed to the Diversion Road in Barangay Maa and went straight to the Davao Crocodile Park Complex. We entered and strolled at the Crocodile Park, the details of which shall be discussed in my future posts. Afterward, we proceeded to the place I was most excited  with and I was attracted at this signage on the road side . . .

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The comely Butterfly House Signage . . .

I then took photos of the entrances, both of the Butterfly House Complex and the Butterfly House itself . . .

The Davao Butterfly House Complex gate . . .

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... and the Butterfly House door.

I then looked intently and studied the various information materials pasted in the walls. . .

The Davao Butterfly House briefer . . .

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... and the Life Cycle of the Butterfly.

I also took notice of the picture frames of butterflies endemic to the various islands in the Philippines.

Reminiscent of my childhood days in Bucas Grande Island where chasing butterflies is part of childhood fun, I got myself hooked into following the movements of the tiny creatures hopping from one plant to another.. .

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From this tiny colorful creature in black . . .

To this cute insect hopping in a red flower . . .

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Back to another cute blackish creature . . .

Until I found two enjoying the wonders of creation . . .

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A butterfly couple in one mating position . . .

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And of course the other position . . .

I then took video clips of my close encounter with a variety of butterflies . . .

I was about to leave the butterfly house as my companions were gesturing that it was time to go. But no, I must convince a butterfly first to land in my hand before going out. Thanks to this lovely creature that my wish came to reality . . .

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A comely butterfly docking on my finger . . .

I then went out of the butterfly house, albeit, with so much hesitation. As I looked back, I just made myself contended with this view . . .

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The Butterfly House as seen from the other side of the complex.

Butterfly House – Final Thoughts

Having been born and raised in a rural area, chasing butterflies hopping from one flower to another was part of the fun and frolic of my childhood days. Hence, I grew up truly fascinated with beautiful butterflies and the sight of the lovely creatures freely roaming in the garden nowadays is always associated with childhood experiences. Honestly, I felt that I was on board a time machine during my few minutes stay at the butterfly house as my thoughts were transported back to my childhood days, full of fun and care free memories.

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