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MARCH MORPHO MANIA AT THE BUTTERFLY HOUSE   

WHAT: March Morpho Mania®
WHEN: March 1-31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House at Faust Park, 15193 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, Mo.
COST: Included with regular admission: $6 adults; $5 seniors, $4 children (3 to 12). Free for children ages 2 and younger.
INFO: www.butterflyhouse.org; (636) 530-0076

(CHESTERFIELD):  Enjoy the beauty of a rainforest without ever leaving Missouri during the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House’s annual March Morpho Mania® event. Nearly 3,000 Blue Morpho butterflies will be in free-flight inside the 8,000-square-foot tropical conservatory for this annual event. March Morpho Mania® offers visitors an opportunity to see the largest collection of Blue Morpho butterflies in the United States. March Morpho Mania® is included with regular admission.

Blue Morpho Mania

The Blue Morpho is one of the largest butterflies at the Butterfly House and has a six-inch wingspan. Blue Morphos also have tiny scales on their wings which refract light and produce flashes of blue that bewilder predators in nature. Common Blue Morpho butterflies (Morpho peleides) are native to Central and South America. The collection at the Butterfly House mainly hails from El Bosque Nuevo, a sustainable butterfly farming operation in Costa Rica.

March Morpho Mania

During March, the Butterfly House will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. In addition to the breathtaking sights inside the conservatory, there will be weekend activities for children in the newly renovated Lopata Learning Lab including rainforest-themed craft activities and a science station to view butterfly scales through a microscope. Stop by the Madame Butterfly House Gift Shop to browse for butterfly-inspired gifts, educational toys, books and souvenirs for all ages, including several Blue Morpho items. Visitors are welcome to bring a hand-held camera to capture the experience of seeing these butterflies in action. No tripods, monopods or external flash equipment allowed. Due to increased crowds during this event, no strollers are allowed.

The Butterfly House is located in Faust Park at 15193 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield, Mo., accessible from Interstate 64 at exit #19B. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last ticket is sold 30 min. prior to closing each day. Visitors are encouraged to arrive no later than one hour prior to closing to fully enjoy the experience.

Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (ages 65 and older) and $4 for children (ages 3 to 12). Children ages 2 and younger and Missouri Botanical Garden members are free. For more information, visit www.butterflyhouse.org or call (636) 530-0076. Follow the Butterfly House on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thebutterflyhouse and Twitter www.twitter.com/butterflyhse.

The Butterfly House is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

 

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The mission of the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House is “to foster a greater understanding of plant and animal relationships in the environment in order to promote the conservation and restoration of natural habitats.”

The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House of the Missouri Botanical Garden is located in St. Louis County’s Faust Park at 15193 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield, Mo. The central feature of the attraction is an 8,000-square-foot glass conservatory where visitors mingle with more than 60 species of the world’s most beautiful butterflies in free flight. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays); Open daily in March; Memorial Day through Labor Day, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+) $4 for children (3 to 12) and free to children ages 2 and under. For more information, call (636) 530-0076 or visit www.butterflyhouse.org.