Tucson Botanical Garden – Butterfly Exhibit

Butterfly-Magic-Logo-300x122OCTOBER 12, 2009 – APRIL 30, 2010

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About the butterflies

All of the butterflies in the Gardens’ exhibit are hatched from eggs and live as caterpillars in butterfly farms in tropical parts of the world. When the caterpillars change into the pupae or resting stage, they are carefully counted, labeled, and packed. In the pupae stage of the butterfly life cycle, no food is required so they can survive the two or three day trip to Tucson. Once they arrive at the Gardens they are housed in a climate controlled environment which allows them to emerge naturally from their pupae. They are then transferred to the Greenhouse where they are released to fly free in a beautiful tropical environment. Visitors have the opportunity to “get eye to eye” with these remarkable, stunning creatures.

Butterfly schedule

Visit us each month to see featured species from these areas:

  • October-November Arizonan and U.S. tropical butterflies
  • December Australia
  • January Africa
  • February Asia
  • March-April Around the world

Hours & admission

Exhibit hours: Open daily 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Garden hours: Open daily 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
**Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day and New Year’s Day**
Admission to the exhibit (includes Gardens’ admission):
$12 for adults (ages 13+)
$4 for member adults
$6.50 for children ages 4-12
$3 for member children 4-12
The exhibit is free for children 3 and younger.

Adopt a Butterfly

Adopt a butterfly and keep the butterflies fluttering in our Butterfly Magic exhibit, just $5 per pupae. Help take part in butterfly conservation, show that your company or family supports Butterfly Magic or give a butterfly as a gift. Butterflies can be adopted by clicking here or by calling (520) 326-9686, Ext. 10.


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