Never been to the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory? There are so many reasons to visit; here are 10 that are sure to entice you to make it part of your summer explorations!

It’s a World of Wingsbutterfly landing on a girl at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is a 25,000 square foot facility that includes a large indoor tropical garden featuring 1000’s of free flying butterflies from all over the world! Wander through this tropical paradise, and watch the butterflies as they glide by – or as they use you for a landing pad! (DYK: Butterflies are attracted to the colour red, so wear lots if you want to attract them! Yellow, orange and purple work too.)

A Butterfly is Born

Check out the Emergence Window (ie. the Butterfly Maternity Ward) at the conservatory. If you’re patient, you could witness the birth of a butterfly! Butterflies are shipped in as pupae (chrysalides) every two weeks from Costa Rica and the Philippines. When they emerge from the chrysalis, the butterflies hang to dry their wings, and after 2-3 hours, they take their first flight into the conservatory. It’s an exciting miracle to see! (DYK: Staff use a hot glue gun to attach the tip of each new chrysalis to a straw, and then hang them in the Emergence Window until the butterfly appears.)

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