Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens - Jacksonville, Florida
This is the last page of creatures and plants I viewed at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida, on visits taken between July 2015 and September 2017.
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The many plant sections scattered throughout the zoo exhibit areas attract butterflies, dragonflies, and other creatures.

There are many species of bamboo growing in the 'Asian' section of the zoo.
[A paved walkway leads to an arch. On one side of the path are bamboo shoots upwards of 20 feet tall. There is also lower-level vegetation along the path before the bamboo.]

Lots of colorful koi in the pond in the Asian section. This is a black koi.
Koi is the Japanese word for carp. Specialized breeding of carp produces colorful koi fish.
[A purple fish with orange eyes swims just below the surface of the water.]

Water lily
[Looking down on an open bloom which has pink-tipped white petals. There are long yellow stamen in the center of the bloom which is on a stalk sticking out of the water.]

Water lilies in a different pond in the Asian section.
[There are three blooms in the image. One is blooming at the water's surface with its stem completely under water. A second bloom is fully closed with no color visible. The third bloom is on a tall stalk and is partially open in a vee shape. The blooms are pinkish purple and reflected in the water. There are a few circular lily pads flat on the water.]

There is a tiny Eastern amberwing dragonfly on the tip of the closed lily bloom.
This water feature was in the Savanna Blooms Garden.
[Green lilypads float on the blue water. One lily flower is partially open. The closed lily flower has a tiny orange dragonfly on it.]

A water lily with mating damselflies.
[On one petal of a partially opened lilac-colored water lily are two damselflies hanging on to the edge. The tail end of one is attached behind the head of the other.]

I zoomed in for a close shot of the water lily and a frog jumped into the image.
[The water lily is a closed pink bloom which is two-thirds under water. Just behind it is a lilypad with its edges curled up in a sort of scoop-like fashion. Sitting at the right edge in the scoop is a bullfrog which faces the left (innermost part of the lily pad).]

American lotus. The center of the flower, which holds the seeds, is a very interesting structure (looks like a shower head).
[Four long flower stems lead two a closed bloom, a partially-open white-petaled flower, and two structures which resemble upturned shower heads (lot of small holes in a cone-shaped structure). There are also very large leaves near the water.]

Pagoda flower.
[The flowering portion of this plant is shaped like a cone. At different levels of the cone are a multitude of small pink-red flowers. The large leaves of the plant are below the cone.]

An interesting bloom
[The top of this plant is a group of flowers with long yellow petals. Each bloom has orange tipped stamen which are significantly longer than the petals, so they stick from the bloom.]

Passion flower
[This bloom seems to be an inside out flower. It has purple petals which extend downward around the stem. Radiating from the top center are a multitude of thin squiggly purple strings. At the top center is what appears to be several large multi-lobed stamen which are light green, yellow, and pink.]

Bird of paradise
[The main part of this flower bends at a 90 degree angle from the stem to the right. This part is green with a pinkish edging. From that section extend upward three long oblong yellow-orange petals. There are also two thinner dark blue petals extending upward. ]

A rose.
[A pink bloom of the non-traditional cup-style roses. There are green leaves and the red leaves of new growth nearby.]

[Five blooming flowers come out of waxy green leaves. Each flower has five petals which are mostly white with slightly yellow centers. There are also some pink streaks on one petal of each flower. Within the bunch are also at least a half-dozen blooms which are still pink stems which are fully closed.]

A gulf fritillary butterfly sampling the blooms.
[An orange butterfly with black dots, some of which have white dots within them, is perched on some light-blue flowers.]

A cloudless sulphur butterfly with its long tongue extended.
[A yellow butterfly with a few faint brown dots hangs from light-blue flowers. Its tongue is long and curved from its mouth to the center of the flower which contrasts the long straight antennae protruding from the butterflies head.]

Giant swallowtail butterfly (It was noticeably larger than the other butterflies I saw.)
[A yellow and brown butterfly with a yellow body hangs from light-blue flowers. A section of its lower wing has orange and blue spots within a brown stripe. While the antennae are dark brown, it appears the legs are yellow.]

Atala butterfly
[This butterfly perched on a leaf has black wings. The lower wing has a three curved rows of irridescent light blue dots. There is also a square red section on the lower wing. The front part of the body is black with blue dots which appear to be a darker blue than the ones on the wings. The back half of the body is red-orange. The antennae are black and it appears the butterfly may have a forked tongue--or perhaps these are some type of short feelers.]

A carpenter bee enjoying a flower.
[A large all-black bee, including black wings, is perched on a thin, vertical hanging pink bloom. Green leaves are in the background.]

The underside of this orchard orbweaver spider has a 'happy face'.
[This all-green spider is in the middle of a web. On its underside, which faces the camera, are two yellow dots and a u-shaped red section. The yellow dots appear to be eyes above a smiling red mouth.]

Great blue skimmer dragonfly.
[A close head-on view of the face and upper thorax of a silvery-blue dragonfly with big dark blue eyes, a black nose, and a white mouth. The individual hairs on its legs are visible at this close range.]

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