Butterflies in the butterfly house in the Gamboa rain forest
Our second morning in Panama we went walking through the forest that adjoins the hotel grounds. We visited the butterfly house, the orchid nursery, the serpentarium and a small acquarium featuring species from the area.
One of many owl butterflies we saw during our stay
When these butterflies open their wings the conspicuous circles become "owl eyes" to predators who might be tempted to have a butterfly lunch.
A butterfly on a leaf with the common rainforest drip tip
We spent almost an hour watching all the many butterflies who seemed not to know--or care that we were there.