All through the month of October the Butterfly House in Chesterfield is running a special event: Owls and Orchids. Kinda like spring’s Morpho Mania, the Butterfly House has shipped in a boatload of spooky owl butterflies from a butterfly farm in Costa Rica.
I talked about the Owls and Orchids event early on the blog, but last night Mitch and I actually went, so here’s the first hand review–in case you didn’t go yet!
But if you can get there on a Tuesday evening (they’re open from 4:30pm to 7pm Tuedays in October) you’ll get to see something like this:
Yep, the owl butterflies were REALLY active around 5:30pm as dusk approached. They were landing on everyone and everything!
We also got to see what the top side of the owls look like as a few stretched their wings…
Besides the butterflies, Tuesday nights also include a special animal guest in the classroom area. The talks were scheduled at 5pm and 6pm, but the room filled up fast. The remaining three Tuesdays will have birds from the World Bird Sanctuary in for a visit.
There’s also a craft and you can play a little butterfly game in the conservatory. Last night Mitch made a butterfly mask and learned how butterflies eat (by fishing for flowers with a magnet tied to the end of his butterfly proboscis to pick up paper flowers).
The only problem I had with the event was the conservatory (where the butterflies live) was scheduled to close at 6:30pm, even though the event hours are listed as 4:30pm to 7pm. So don’t try to cut this one too close.