Butterfly Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland, which claims to have America’s largest butterfly atrium, is located in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community. According to the flyer received upon entering, “The building’s shape and design depict the Burden Basket (to leave your burdens at the door and experience the joy, excitement, awe and wonder within).” “The exterior colors represent various sources of Nature: orange for sunrise, yellow for sunlight, red for sunset, brown for earth, green for leaves and other vegetation.” Further, “…to Native Americans the butterfly is a symbol of CHANGE, Joy AND Color and a miracle of transformation and resurrection.” We started our visit by seeing the 3-D story of the monarch butterfly, “Flight of the Butterflies.” We exited in the chrysalis viewing area, the Butterfly Emergence Gallery. The Conservatory is a 10,000 square foot glass-enclosed atrium in a tropical rainforest environment. Thousands of butterflies can be seen close up feeding, resting, and flitting to and fro. Butterflies may even attach themselves to you as you wander the pathways. A giant atlas moth captured our attention shortly after entering. We especially enjoyed watching blue morphos, paper kites, and monarch butterflies. According to a butterfly fact sign, there are about 28,000 species of butterflies in the world. In North America there are about 800 different kinds of butterflies. Did you know that Arizona has 334 butterfly species? As we exited we observed the Live Ant Colony, we identified the queen bee in the Honey Bee Extravaganza, and we saw a couple of different kinds of scorpions on exhibit. It was fun to look at the aquariums that made up the Rivers of the Amazon Aquatic Life exhibit. A pink kissing gourami seemed to mirror my movement. I likes the shape and color (and names) of the silver dollars and red blood parrot cichlids. The Butterfly Wonderland is an exotic Scottsdale destination.

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