Butterfly house (conservatory)

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Monsanto butterfly house and insectarium

A butterfly house, or conservatory is a facility which is specifically intended for the breeding and display of butterflies with an emphasis on education. Some butterfly houses also feature other insects and arthropods. Butterfly houses are owned and operated by museums, universities, non-profit corporations, private individuals as part of their residence and as small businesses that are owner operated.

History[edit]

Live butterfly exhibits became popular in England in the end of the 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[edit]

Feeding butterflies at the Schmetterlingsparadies in Mannheim
Exhibition at the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park with vivaria of other insects

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

Exploration of such facilities 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 butterfly houses, 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".

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 houses or gardens[edit]

Asia[edit]

Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park

Europe[edit]

  • Alaris Schmetterlingspark, Sassnitz auf Rugen, Germany
  • The North Somerset Butterfly House, Weston super Mare, UK
Schmetterlinghaus in the Imperial Garden in Vienna

North America[edit]

Oceania[edit]

South America[edit]

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