Like so much of what Cambodia has to offer, the butterflies here must be seen to be appreciated. Rest assured, however, that, shot with a point-and-shoot pocket camera and a phone, these images are neither the best representation of Cambodia's butterflies, nor anywhere near a complete selection of what the country has to offer. Most of the specimens were raised from larvae, some from pupae, and a few from eggs. None were killed, but all were free to fly after their photo shoot.
Although butterflies can be seen in Siem Reap throughout the year, they are best observed during the rainy season--June-November--when they find the nectar they need; and caterpillars, the tender leaves and stems on which they feed.Incidentally, a great place to observe butterflies and other creatures, is at Butterfly Paradise, a botanical garden conveniently located on the outskirts of town.
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