The Weirdest Christmas Tree!

Butterfly resting after the eclosion

Since today it was the coldest day so far this winter, we came up with an idea of visiting a green house that provides us with spring-to-early-summer temperatures and heavenly moisture, located within the Igashira Park (井頭公園) complex in Moka city (真岡市). For those who are curious about this park and the city, please go check this article in our Budget Trouble blog (though the article's not yet fixed... Sorry for that).

As you can see photos above, a series of butterflies are waiting for you there. They are beautiful and lovely. When it's sunny, you simply forget that it's Christmas season if you are a resident of the northern hemisphere.

I was so eager to photograph them but I had to wait for 20 minutes or so until the condensation on the lens disappeared... What makes this green house unique is a Christmas tree decorated with a bunch of butterfly pupae! REAL ONES!!! No kidding! They're not socks, LED lights, or plastic toys.

Lots of pupae hanging. ALL REAL!!!
From some butterflies have already emerged and the shells are empty, others are not.

(Left) Pupae decoration   (Right) Overview of the tree
The fee to the green house is 400 JPY (adult). From 9:30 to 16:00.

This is a Macro Monday entry.


  1. That pupa tree is amazing! Your shots are perfect.

  2. Wow, such amazing tree decorations! love those butterflies shot.

  3. I am just in awe of this story and that they have a pupae tree. That's just incredible!

    You're doing some beautiful work with that new lens!!

  4. Oh wow. I love the butterflies, yet the novelty of all the little pupae in the tree is delightful too.

  5. Wow! Those are really beautiful photo's. Butterflies make such wonderful subjects, but I can never seem to get close enough.
    From Alissa@look.find.inspire

  6. Beautiful butterflies, very nice photos!
    Happy holidays and new year you too Yoshi!

  7. Stunning series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  8. うっ!
    芋虫はちょっと微妙なんですけど (・Θ・;)
    モミの木と綿毛に守られて育つ不思議な キモカワ芋虫が

  9. it's truly delightful; what a lovely visit you had and the crysallis' on the branches; no doubt the staff arranged and left the tree in place for this to eventuate for the season? Or have they hot-glued them in place? It's enchanting still...

  10. What a mysterious scenery it is! Spring and winter coexist together! Marvelous photos!
    Have wonderful holidays.

  11. Wow, what a wondrous Christmas tree! Very creative to borrow the beauty and power of nature to decorate. Entering a glass house on a very cold day is a nice idea, though my glasses would get fogged like the camera lens.

    I realized you came back to blogging just now. Wish you all the best for 2012.

  12. These are very inspiring shots.


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