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Butterfly Zoo

A butterfly zoo, butterfly house, or butterfly conservatory is a zoo which is specifically intended for the breeding and display of butterflies. Some butterfly houses also feature other insects, spiders, scorpions, etc.

History

Live butterfly exhibits became popular in England in the end of 1970s, appealing to the British love of greenhouses and natural settings.

The first one in the United States, Butterfly World, was opened in Coconut Creek, Florida, in 1988.

Activities


Butterfly zoos are open to the public. A double-entry door is usually used to ensure that no butterflies escape.

Exploration of such zoos may be with a guide or on one's own, at leisure. Guided tours may last about fifteen minutes, as the guide points out all the species of butterflies that are in the greenhouse that day (new shipments usually arrive weekly, and stocks vary). Guides may also show butterfly eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalids and identify specific plants that are favored by each species. Between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. is usually the best time to see butterflies emerging from their pupae.

Butterflies are most active on warm and sunny days with little wind, because they require the heat of the sun to aid in their digestion. On rainy days, they usually hide in the flowers and leaves.

There are often many different species in such zoos, with stock including butterflies from Africa, Malaysia, South America, Thailand, Costa Rica, the Philippines, and other places. The vibrant colors and patterns on the wings of the insects have earned them the fanciful nickname "flying flowers".

One should wear a light floral perfume and wear bright-colored or bright-white clothing to encourage the butterflies to land upon oneself, but one should never touch a butterfly. Butterflies are attracted to a bright Hawaiian print shirt for the same reason they are attracted to flowers, but a person's touch will cause damage to their sensitive wings because of the oils in people's skin and their easily damaged scales.

Many species of adult butterfly live only one to two weeks, during which time they must produce a new generation. Some species, such as the familiar Monarch butterfly, however, can live as long as six months or even longer in the wild.

List of butterfly zoos or gardens

Asia

Caribbean

Europe

  • Alaris Schmetterlingspark, Sassnitz auf Rugen, Germany
  • The North Somerset Butterfly House, Weston super Mare, UK

Latin America

North America

Canada

United States

Oceania

  • Discovery World Tropical Forest, Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Kuranda Butterfly Farm
  • Coffs Harbour Butterfly House[35]
  • Butterfly enclosure at the Melbourne Zoo.

See also

Sources

  • The Entomological Society of America

Notes

External links

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  • Visiting Butterfly Houses, Farms and Gardens
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