Blooming Butterflies – 2011

Olbrich Garden’s Blooming Butterflies exhibit is in full swing. Or maybe full flutter?

She's not touching the butterfly, just really really hoping it will crawl onto her hand.

Milena and I went this morning. It’s my favorite time to go – right in the middle of the event – because there are just so many butterflies flying overhead, and so many emerging in the hatcheries (which Milena loved! “Look, mama!!! A butterfly!! Coming out of a chrysalis!!! See?!”).

More than a dozen species of butterflies, native to both Wisconsin and the more tropical areas of the southern United States can be seen at various times during the exhibit.

The life span of different butterflies varies from a few weeks to a few months. All flying butterflies are allowed to live out their natural lives in the Conservatory, with food sources remaining for them after the exhibit dates.

Blooming Butterflies continues through August 7th. The exhibit is open 10 am – 4 pm daily.

$5 ages 13 & up
$3 ages 3 – 12
Free: ages 2 and under
Free: Olbrich Botanical Society members
Get a free ticket to Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies!

Butterfly Passports
After spotting bright butterflies inside the Bolz Conservatory, children can follow butterfly stencils on the paths through the outdoor gardens on a quest to fill their Butterfly Passports with stamps. Find the stamping stations, read a few fun facts, then answer a few simple questions. Fill up the passport and earn one free junior cone from Michael’s Frozen Custard, valid at the 3826 Atwood Ave. location.

Dan Capps’ Insect Cases
All visitors to Olbrich Botanical Gardens and Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies can be amazed by hundreds of exotic butterflies in local collector Dan Capps’ fascinating collection. Part of Capps’ collection will be on display in Olbrich’s lobby during Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies. Capps has traveled the world to build one of the most impressive displays of exotic insects in North America. His collection now totals more than 7,000 insects ranging from butterflies to beetles to bees, and includes specimens from every continent.

Meet Dan Capps in person and talk to him about his butterfly collecting adventures! He’ll be here on Thursdays, July 28, and August 4 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.!


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