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article imageNiagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory — An Enchanted Rainforest Special

By Igor I. Solar     Nov 13, 2012 in Travel
Niagara Falls - A trip to the magnificent Horseshoe Falls of the Niagara River in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, can be greatly enhanced by including a visit to the wonderful Butterfly Conservatory, located just ten minutes down the road on the Niagara Parkway.
Located on the lands of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture, about 9 kilometres north of the waterfalls, the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory is the largest butterfly zoo in Canada and one of the largest in the world.
View of Horseshoe Falls  the Canadian section of the Niagara River Falls. The Niagara Falls Botanica...
View of Horseshoe Falls, the Canadian section of the Niagara River Falls. The Niagara Falls Botanical Garden is located about 9 km north of the falls.
Entrance to the Niagara Parks Commission s Botanical Garden and School of Horticulture  home of the ...
Entrance to the Niagara Parks Commission's Botanical Garden and School of Horticulture, home of the Butterfly Conservatory.
The Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory.
The Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory.
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The facility consists of a large (over 1000 square meters) glass dome conservatory with about 180 meters of meandering paths amid lush tropical rainforest foliage, ponds and a beautiful waterfall. Within the conservatory, close to 2000 butterflies of no less than 45 different species fly freely among the vegetation, stopping on food plants and feeding stations, and also on the shoulders of visitors wearing white or colourful garments.
The Zebra Longwing butterfly (Heliconius charithonia). This is the official butterfly of the state o...
The Zebra Longwing butterfly (Heliconius charithonia). This is the official butterfly of the state of Florida in the United States.
Two Red Postman butterflies (Heliconius erato) and a Banded Orange butterfly (Dryadula phaetusa)  al...
Two Red Postman butterflies (Heliconius erato) and a Banded Orange butterfly (Dryadula phaetusa), also known as the Orange Tiger. Both species range from Northern Brazil through Central America and Mexico.
Butterfly at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory.
Butterfly at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory.
Depending on the species, some butterflies can live for just a few weeks to almost a year. Although the conservatory provides most of the environmental conditions for tropical butterflies to live and reproduce, most captive butterflies complete their four-stage life cycle (egg, larva, pupa, and adult) in about 4 weeks. Therefore, the Niagara Falls Conservatory regularly imports about 60 -70% of its butterfly population from breeding farms in Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador) and from the Philippines, Australia or South Florida.
Several Owl butterflies (Caligo memnon) at a feeding station. This species is also known as the Gian...
Several Owl butterflies (Caligo memnon) at a feeding station. This species is also known as the Giant Owl butterfly. It can be found in the rainforests of Mexico and the Amazon, Brazil.
Butterflies at a feding station in the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory.
Butterflies at a feding station in the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory.
The large pavilion replicates a tropical balanced environment with high temperature and humidity. A high tech climate control system maintains a constant 26.6 °Celsius and 84% humidity. Plants preferred by voracious caterpillars are frequently replaced. Animals such as turtles, goldfish, koi, and toads living in the ponds, and beetles on the grounds, take care of dead butterflies, control parasitic pests and assist in keeping the insect population balanced and healthy.
Underside of the Mosaic butterfly (a.k.a. the Zebra Mosaic)  (Colobura dirce). This butterfly is fou...
Underside of the Mosaic butterfly (a.k.a. the Zebra Mosaic), (Colobura dirce). This butterfly is found in Central America and northern South America.
The Red Postman (Heliconius erato)  also known as the Crimson-patched Longwing  is a species fairly ...
The Red Postman (Heliconius erato), also known as the Crimson-patched Longwing, is a species fairly abundant in northern South America.
Butterfly at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory.
Butterfly at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory.
The Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory provides a delightful exotic break for visitors to the Niagara Falls area and a fantastic opportunity to appreciate the beauty of these colourful insects while learning about their diversity, live cycle and habitat at the visitors’ orientation section of the complex which include a video theatre and interactive displays.
The Common Mormon (Papilio polytes)  is a native of Asia. This is the male of the species.
The Common Mormon (Papilio polytes), is a native of Asia. This is the male of the species.
The Common Mormon (Papilio polytes) is a common species of swallowtail butterfly widely distributed ...
The Common Mormon (Papilio polytes) is a common species of swallowtail butterfly widely distributed across Asia. This is the female of the species.
Butterfly at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory.
Butterfly at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory.
The Conservatory offers especial events and seasonal displays. A new exhibit called “The Enchanted Rainforest” will be on display until January 6, 2013. Fall hours (to Dec. 23rd) are 10:00 to 16:00 hrs.
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