Butterflies are back! The Zoo’s Butterflies n’ Blooms exhibit opens Saturday, May 14 and runs through Sunday, September 18. This seasonal exhibit is free with Zoo admission or membership and is open daily 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weather permitting. The exhibit is in collaboration with Idlewild Butterfly Farm.
Visitors will be able to walk amongst hundreds of native butterflies sipping nectar from colorful flowers in our 1,000 sq. ft. outdoor flight house located across from the bongo exhibit. Butterfly and plant identification signs will help guests interpret what they are seeing. Inside the exhibit, guests can also learn about and witness the lifecycle of the butterfly from caterpillar to chrysalid to butterfly.
Visitors to the Zoo will see a variety of butterfly species over the course of the summer including monarchs, red admirals, painted ladies, several species of swallowtails, buckeyes, commas, question marks, orange sulphurs and red spotted purples.
A list of all butterfly species that may be in the exhibit during the season along with photos can be found on the Zoo’s website. Also, on the web page are tips on helping butterflies, why pollinators and bugs are beneficial, and lots more.