Butterfly Biosphere

Day 68

Have you ever had the chance to visit a butterfly sanctuary? If an opportunity ever arises, you should really, really go. I’ve been to three already…and I don’t even like butterflies!

I’m weird, I know. I’m sure I’ve said it in one of my other posts about butterfly biospheres, but it’s really the faces of the butterflies that creep me out…besides that they’re fine. I just really enjoy the biosphere environment. It’s so therapeutic, and it feels very free-spirited with all the butterflies flitting about the room.

My only take away is this: if you go, wear something light and prepare to sweat a little bit. Butterflies like more temperate and moist environments, so most biospheres are kept between 75-80ish degrees and are fairly humid. Also…don’t forget your memory card for you camera, like I did. I ended up using my sister’s camera on her phone. *face palm*

My face when I realized I had left the memory card in the car.

There are a couple rules for the biosphere, and I urge you to follow them! One of the most important rules is to not touch the butterflies. FOR REAL. Touching the butterflies results in scales falling off of their wings, and as these butterflies are held within this one room and are exposed to humans on a daily basis, it really can lead to them losing their ability to fly. I witnessed several kids reaching their hands out to have butterflies crawl up their arms, and I just want parents to be aware that they should really watch hands! Besides, if you’re gentle and still enough, the butterflies will land on you.

These blue butterflies are difficult to get pictures of. Mostly because when they rest, they like to do so with their wings shut, and the other side is a neutral brown:

 

The butterfly that landed on my sister stayed with her for about 10 minutes, and it wasn’t until the end that he finally opened up his wings and let us take pictures of him.

The butterflies kept landing on her. I was kind of jealous.

But to be fair, because I don’t like butterflies, whenever they attempted to land on me, I’d jump and make weird noises, so I don’t really blame them for moving on.

This biosphere is just at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, UT. Well worth the money, and you can stay as long as you want! Actually (I found out much too late), you can actually go out and return. If I had known that, I would have grabbed my memory card. C’est la vie!

 

Mary Jane xx

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