Have You Ever Been To A Butterfly Conservatory?
Are you ready for your next Backyard Adventure?
Here is new one for you…take a trip to a Butterfly Conservatory. On a recent trip back to my home province, I had the opportunity to explore the lovely facilities of the Butterfly Conservatory located in Cambridge, Ontario.
Ricepaper Butterflies Galore
The Butterfly Conservatory features many different events throughout the calendar year. Currently the “Flight of White” exhibit is featured. The focus of this exhibit is the Ricepaper Butterfly which is the prominent species you will observe flying around. The unique name of Ricepaper is derived from the way the butterflies move and glide like pieces of paper.
All efforts are about ensuring the species survival. In the caterpillar stage, the Ricepaper eats plants with toxic properties to ensure that they will have chemical protection from their predators. Even in their flight mechanisms, the Ricepaper Butterflies have a slow pace of flight which highlights their white and black coloring which is actually a deterrent for their prey.
An Afternoon Adventure
Prepare to dig in your heels for a couple of hours in the conservatory. The temperatures will be humid, as the butterflies are used to tropical temperatures. We made use of the coat rack to hang our winter woolies up before entering the rainforest environment. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to take in the experience.
Up Close and Personal
If you want to draw the attraction of the butterflies, be sure to wear brightly colored clothing. Think: yellow, pink, red, and orange. Butterflies are naturally drawn to bright flowers, so by replicating these colors you will increase the chance of them landing on you for that up-close experience. I was so surprised when a Ricepaper Butterfly landed on my ring! I hadn’t expected it, as I was wearing all black. I guess my ring must have caught the light or had some yellow in it.
Budget Backyard Adventures
In celebration of the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory’s 15th anniversary, on the weekend we went, the operating hours were between 10am-5pm and admission for the day was half off the regular price. Normally, the cost per adult is $13.25, Senior’s $11.25, Children $7.00, with any Children under 2 free! With the admission discount and the amazing pictures, we definitely got our money’s worth. I doubt we would be able to replicate our experience in real life as the butterflies originated from Southeast Asia and were born at the conservatory.
This experience was simply amazing – a must for your next Backyard Adventure!
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