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December 2015

Friendly Butterflies

Who is the most friendliest butterfly of all?

If we had to choose the friendliest butterfly in the Conservatory, one of the top candidates would have to be the Rice Paper butterfly. Usually butterflies drift about, not seeming to be in too much of a hurry about anything, but the Rice Paper is one of the butterflies most likely to take a moment to come say hello in person.

Typically if our visitors are wearing bright coloured clothing, or any pungent perfume, lotion or hair product, the Rice Paper butterfly will be one of the first to come greet you. In fact, they sometimes follow visitors around as if the person is irresistible.

When a butterfly comes to land on you, it will gently brush you with its feet. Sometimes if you smell particularly like a delicious flower will it unroll its curly tongue and search for a nectar treat. 

Why is it so special when a butterfly chooses us as a particular perch, whether its for but a moment or several minutes? Perhaps its because they seem to carefree to be almost oblivious to our presence, but when they take time to alight on our shoulder or head, it's almost as if they've decided we are worthy enough of their attention.

It certainly makes for a special moment when visiting the Conservatory, and many of our visitors leave with photographic memories of the butterflies greeting themselves or their loved ones.

This month, and all through January, these friendly Rice Paper butterflies are featured in our annual Flight of White exhibit. Literally thousands of these butterflies fill the air in the Conservatory while beautiful music provides a relaxing atmosphere. 

Bring your friends & family over the holidays to come visit our friendly butterflies. They are sure to welcome you with their gentle presence.

Butterfly of the Month 

The species of Rice Paper (Idea leuconoe) on display during Flight of White is only one of 12 species of black & white Idea butterflies. Some of these other species, all native to Malaysia & Singapore, are very rare and some were even thought to be extinct until recently. 

Please note our hours for the Christmas break:

  • CLOSED Dec 21 - 26
  • OPEN Dec 27 - Dec 31
  • CLOSED Jan 1
  • OPEN Jan 2 & 3
Happy Holidays from all of us at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory!

The Bats are Here!

Starting Friday Dec 18, we'll be hosting the ROM exhibit "Listen to the Night" which explores the often-misunderstood world of bats. Discover why they're so important, why they're in danger, and what we can do to help. On display until May 1, 2016.

Christmas Break Activity

Looking for something to do when school's out? Bring the kids for our Holiday Activity in the Conservatory where they'll learn & discover all about mimicry in bugs. When they finish, the kids take home a free prize! Included with general admission.

Gift Memberships for Christmas

Buying an annual membership or daily pass for a friend or family member is a great gift that gives the whole year round. They'll be able to enjoy our events throughout the year, and enjoy discounts on purchases! Pick up one today or purchase online & print at home!
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