Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Some of the insects I like are butterflies and their caterpillars. In March of 2004 a bunch of us went to the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada. We were given a tour of the restricted areas where we saw butterflies in the making and a greenhouse of the plants they use for the butterflies and conservatory. Here’s a horned caterpillar – when he was perturbed his horns came out, when he was happy, he retracted them. The horns were red. Cool.
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(I like him on that leaf, but I wouldn’t want him crawling on me).

Here’s a display case of chrysalis’ and brand new butterflies that can be seen from the conservatory, but we saw it from the other side.

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Sorry, getting a good photo was tough with all of the light from the conservatory. And sorry about the hiney in the photo. Here’s a couple of beauties they had lying around:
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Inside the conservatory, I saw trays of butterlies eating with their wings closed, showing their “eye” to keep predators away:

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It was really tough to capture a great photo of them with their wings open, but here they are in flight. They’re beautiful!

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Here’s another butterfly hanging out in its full glory:

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And another beauty:

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It was fun spotting each butterfly, then actually getting a decent photo:

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This one’s tough to see because of the light:

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And another one:

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It’s hard to see this one:

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They also have turtles at the conservatory:

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I need to go back in the summertime to see the trees and gardens:

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Worth the trip if you’re ever in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. My own city now has a butterfly conservatory which I also need to check out once the crowds die down.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan Gets Native
    Dec 16, 2006 @ 23:15:57

    Cincinnati’s Krohn Conservatory does the same thing, in the summer. It’s wonderful, but it’s hot and humid and crowded and crazy. I like the butterfly “nursery” there…a lot quieter.
    Love the heiny!

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  2. Pam
    Dec 17, 2006 @ 09:28:09

    Susan – you’re right, it is hot and humid in the conservatory. And I’m not looking forward to going to my local one either, because I’m sure it’s the same way there, including the crazy part. The museum that houses the butterfly conservatory echoes childrens’ screams in such a way that it makes my head pound.

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  3. mon@rch
    Dec 27, 2006 @ 16:51:41

    It has been such a long time since I have visted this place! Thanks for great memories!

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  4. Pam
    Dec 27, 2006 @ 18:52:08

    You’re welcome Mon@rch. It’s nice to visit these type of places during the long winter to see some color!

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