Adriane Grimaldi Butterfly Photos
Exhibited September, 2007

       Vivid colors and bold patterns make butterflies seem more like works of art than insects. The September, 2007, exhibition in our Visitor Center Gallery allowed viewers to appreciate butterfly ecology and artistry simultaneously with a display of macro photography by Scottsdale resident and Arboretum volunteer Adriane Grimaldi.

       "As a volunteer at Boyce Thompson Arboretum I have been amazed at the wondrous journey butterflies take just to become butterflies," says Grimaldi. "From egg to caterpillar, then to chrysalis and to the finished product: a beautiful butterfly. With all the predators and obstacles that these little creatures face -- birds, lizards, spiders, rain, and even cars -- I find it amazing we ever see them at all."

      The artist has lived in Arizona since 1988. As a girl growing up in California, she raised caterpillars and observed as they metamorphosed into Mourning Cloak butterflies.... each of them earning the same name: "Buttercup." Her passion for the colorful insects may be genetic; the interest is echoed by her aunt, who collected everything embossed or emblazoned with butterflies: cups, dishes, napkins and curtains.

       Then came a field trip with butterfly expert and field guide author Jim Brock to southeastern Arizona, where she learned about butterflies and the amazing migration stories of species such as the Monarch, which crosses mountain passes and national boundaries on seemingly flimsy wings. In recent years she has photographed hundreds of butterflies and polished her field identification skills to help guide monthly interpretive butterfly walks here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
      "September and October are two of the best months all year to see and photograph butterflies at the Arboretum," said Grimaldi. "I hope visitors will enjoy learning about some of the various Arizona butterflies from photos in my exhibit, and then enjoy seeing them live and 'on the wing' out in the lovely gardens."

       Original black framed 8x10 prints were available for purchase for $30 and limited quantities of 2008 Butterfly Calendars featuring photos by Grimaldi were available for $25. Matted 5x7 prints are $15 and 8x10 matted prints were $20. Single 5x7 prints were available for $10 and single 8x10 prints are $15. Monarch butterfly stickers were also $1.50. Purchases are encouraged. Participating artists donate a percentage back to Boyce Thompson Arboretum to help support botanical education and conservation. If you have questions about ordering prints, please contact Adriane by phone at
480-423-3590 or via email to

       Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located at Highway 60 milepost #223, just three miles west of the town of Superior - a drive of about one hour east of Phoenix or two hours from Tucson (take Oracle Road North to Highway 79 past Florence to Highway 60, then East for another 12 miles). Monthly exhibits may be seen at our Visitor Center gallery daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Summer hours 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from May-through-August). The Arboretum is an Arizona State Park and daily admission must be paid to enter the Visitor Center where the gallery is found. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. Annual memberships at the Arboretum begin at $45, and include a year's access, guest passes for your friends and family, along with many other benefits. A membership may be purchased in the gift shop on the day of your visit. To review other recent gallery shows from...

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