October Owls and Orchids


9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed on Mondays)
Included with regular Butterfly House admission; free for Missouri Botanical Garden Members

Throughout the month of October, the Butterfly House expands its collection of Owl Butterflies from 150 to almost 2,000 creatures and adorns the conservatory with more than 100 colorful, blooming orchids. 

Native to Central and South America, Caligo butterflies get their common name from the large black and yellow spots on their wings—bearing an uncanny resemblance to the eyes of an owl. These spots help keep would-be predators at bay, as well as draw attacks toward the hindwings and away from the more vulnerable body. Thousands of these eyespots peering out from behind the petals of orchid blossoms is an eerie and wonderful sight. Come celebrate autumn at the Butterfly House with Owls and Orchids: it's a hoot!


Extended evening hours: Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Evening event admission: 
$6 per person (general admission)
$3 per person (Missouri Botanical Garden members)