1. The Butterflies are Here!
  2. What to Expect
  3. What to Bring
  4. What can I do to encourage landings?
  5. Taking Photographs

The Butterflies are Here!

What to Expect

The show is meant to be both an educational and fun visit.  The building lobby contains educational displays of local butterflies with true colour photos and information.  From the lobby you can enter the greenhouses to visit our live exotic butterflies.

This show is great for people of all ages who love butterflies. There are generally lots of children and families in attendance.

What to Bring

We encourage groups to bring orange or pineapple slices to entice the butterflies into landing.  Please bring your fruit slices in sealed containers, and dispose of it before leaving.

We recommend that you dress in layers when visiting the show.  October temperatures can be chilly and the transition to our tropical greenhouses can be a bit of a shock.  Daytime greenhouse temperatures are 30ºC with significant humidity.

There is no secure storage available for coats, bags, strollers, etc.  We encourage you to avoid bringing large backpacks or strollers. Bags and strollers are not permitted in the greenhouses, and must be left in the lobby, at your own risk.


What can I do to encourage landings?

Butterflies fly freely in the greenhouses and will occasionally land on you.  Butterflies are fragile, so please don’t touch them or pick them up by their wings.

For those who would like closer looks at our butterflies, there are a few tricks you can try:

  • Wear brightly coloured clothing (yellows, oranges, and pinks)
  • Bring some juicy orange or pineapple slices
  • Find a spot in a greenhouse near some bright flowers, hold your fruit up, and stay still.

Some are easily startled and will take off if disturbed, while others will happily stay still for photographing or showing to other visitors.

If one lands on you, they are easily dislodged by blowing gently on their wings.


Taking Photographs

We encourage photography of all kinds, from point-and-shoot to professionals.

When taking photographs, please be sure to obtain permission from anyone in the picture (ask the parents of children).  The show can get to be quite crowded at times, so the use of tripods is not permitted. Please don’t block the aisles in the greenhouses.  Greenhouse temperatures are often around 30°C with significant humidity.  Some camera equipment takes a while to adjust from being outside in October weather.

Don’t forget to tag all of your pics and videos on social media with #CarletonButterfly2019.