North Carolina July 14, 2017
You’ll Want To Plan A Day Trip To North Carolina’s Magical Butterfly House
We all know the story of the beautiful butterfly, once a caterpillar that had to create its cocoon to emerge a graceful beauty and a true fascination of nature. While butterflies are indeed beautiful and it’s always an exciting sight to see one or two in the garden; what if you could be in a room entirely surrounded by butterflies from across the world?
As one of the most popular exhibits at Durham's Museum of Life + Science, the Magic Wings Butterfly House is home to over 50 different species.
Magic Wings Butterfly House is not just home to butterflies found from the Philippines to Central America, but is also one of the largest butterfly houses on the East Coast.
The 35-foot tall glass conservatory immerses guests in a rainforest-like environment.
You'll be surrounded by lush greenery, butterflies darting past, and even 250 species of tropical plants known for their nectar and pollen source for the butterflies. You'll see fruit and spice trees like coffee and cacao greeting you at the entranceway. Once inside, unique firespikes and pentas further the belief you've been transported away into a magical land.
But there's not just butterflies in the exhibit...
If you hear a chirp or see something larger and faster than a butterfly dart by, it might just be one of the many resident birds at Magic Wings. Different species contribute different but necessary things to the butterfly house, to help manage soil pests, Crested Wood Partridges peck around and maintain. In a tropical environment, ants are a given; Oriental White-Eye birds control leaf pests and ant populations. Magic Wings is also where you'll find the Bayer Insectarium. As one of the top destinations on the east coast to admire entomological life cycles, interactive and up-close exhibits allow you look at a rare assortment of exotic insects found across the world.
If you're wondering how you might keep up with all of this....
There's a daily butterfly release and you can ask the museum's Lepidopterist (a scientist who studies butterflies) any questions you might have. When entering, grab a butterfly identification guide to keep track of the ones you spot and where they're from. The "Mary Martha Uzzle Emerging Wonders Window" lets you have an up-close look at the butterfly's lifecycle from caterpillar, to cocoon, to spreading beautiful new wings.
Magic Wings is an unforgettable experience for kids and adults.
Standing in a glass enclosure as butterflies delicately fly past you? That's something both children and adults will remember forever. The Museum of Life+Science in Durham also offers so many amazing exhibits you could spend a whole day (or weekend).
How magical is this! Have you ever visited here?
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