2011 Great Escape (from the cold & snow) travel blog
















I went to Butterfly World today. It’s apparently one of the largest butterfly and hummingbird gardens in the country. All of the exhibits are enclosed in netting. As you walk through the exhibits, butterflies are flying all around you. Like the car museum I went to yesterday, it was started by a man, Edward Boender, who studied butterflies as a hobby. After he retired, the hobby turned into the business of supplying butterflies and butterfly food plants to universities and zoos. He eventually opened Butterfly World in 1988. A hummingbird aviary and a “bug” zoo were added later. Butterfly World has a research lab that has developed butterfly rearing techniques that are used all over the world and works with the University of Florida on a variety of research projects. It was a little expensive ($22.95), but I got some great pictures.

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