Apache Junction, AZ High 88 Low 59
After our breakfast on Friday we headed for the Butterfly House in Scottsdale. I have wanted to go there since they opened in 2013 and it was on Michaela’s wish list.
Butterfly Wonderland is the largest butterfly atrium in the United States and is located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian land. To Native Americans the butterfly is a symbol of change, joy and color and a miracle of transformation and resurrection – rebirth and regeneration.
It is rather expensive ($19.95 for Todd and Michaela and $17.95 for us “older” folks) but we all thought it was worth the price.
They show a 3-D movie about the Monarch butterflies life cycle and migration at the beginning and it was amazing. Definitely not to be missed.
After the movie you enter the Butterfly Emergence Gallery which shows the metamorphosis stage of the butterfly. At first glance you might think it is a fake set-up, but look closely and you can see the movement inside. Once the butterflies emerge they are taken into the Butterfly Conservatory.
The Conservatory is a glass-enclosed atrium which is home to thousands of butterflies in a tropical rainforest environment.
We took hundreds of pictures and it really is hard to pick just a few for this post. The experience of these butterflies flying and landing everywhere (even on people) was breathtaking.
It seemed to us that those who wore white attracted more butterflies. Jim definitely had more land on him then the rest of us.
Because the Conservatory’s setting is a tropical rain forest expect it to be very warm and extremely humid.
Arizona has a state butterfly which is the two-tailed swallow tailed butterfly.
The only negative thing about our experience was the fact that it was spring break and the place was extremely busy. I will say though that the children were quite well behaved.
Back home to feed and walk the girls and then on to more excitement.