Tropical butterflies, invertebrates, and a rainforest in Colorado

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Butterfly Pavilion’s front entrance is home to a new wind-powered kinetic sculpture from Lyons-based artist John King.

Commissioned in June 2013, the original work-in-progress was wiped out along with King’s studio at his home along the St. Vrain Creek in Lyons during the historic flood last September. After rebuilding his studio at what is locally known as “The River House,” King restarted construction of the piece and completed the dancing sculpture in May 2014.

Butterfly Pavilion is excited to announce our newest birth! Since receiving three female and one male golden silk orb-weavers from the southeastern U.S. last summer, Entomologist Amber Lynn Partridge and her team have spent countless hours ensuring the vitality...

Butterfly Pavilion is pleased to announce a new team member. Jonathan Grubbs recently accepted a full-time position as Volunteer Manager. Jonathan brings extensive volunteer management, recruitment, and...

Butterfly Pavilion’s annual holiday event, Living Lights, is back for a fourth season with more lights than ever and new and exciting ways for all ages to celebrate the holiday season.

Butterfly Pavilion is thrilled to receive the Red Tricycle 2013 Totally Awesome Award for favorite Kids' Birthday Party Spot in the Denver Metro area! We are touched that the Red Tricycle readers singled out our buggy birthday parties! Thanks to everyone who voted!

Science & Conservation Articles

Late August can seem a little surreal in this part of the world. It’s still summer, but many children have already returned to school. Nights are getting darker and longer, and people have begun to discuss their fall plans, looking ahead to the end of the year. Meanwhile, plants and insects in the garden are still behaving as if summer will never end, living it up while the sun shines.

By Amy Yarger, Horticulture Director

Spring in Colorado can be a risky proposition for insects. Some years, temperatures rise, and flowers and pollinators get busy right away. Other years, like last year, spring activity is scuttled by wet snows and cold nights. Butterflies ready to emerge may remain in their chrysalids a whole extra year, or bees may find a shortage of nectar and pollen under heavy snow. However, gardeners can make things a little easier for pollinators and other beneficial wildlife during this unpredictable season.

People who are around plants and animals for any length of time inevitably begin to notice trends. Many longtime gardeners will tell me exactly which plants attract the big yellow butterflies, or what time of year they harvest the first pea pods, or even (with ire in their voices) what plants the rabbits decimate every year. This power of observations is what makes gardeners such great scientists, and is why scientists are increasingly turning to gardeners for...

By Amy Yarger, Horticulture Director

Bugs We Love is a chance for all of us to get up close and personal with the bugs that make our world a better place. This year, visitors to Butterfly Pavilion can vote among the following stellar candidates: tarantula, horseshoe crab, coral, centipede, butterfly, and honeybee.

For the last two candidates, the way you can get to know them best is in the garden, because butterflies and bees rely so heavily on flowering plants for food. In turn, flowering plants rely on them to help them transport pollen. These plants put a lot of energy into attracting these pollinators – bright colors, sweet smells and lots of nectar. This is garden planning season, and many of us are dreaming up big garden ideas for 2014...

One of the most common questions we get at Butterfly Pavilion is “Where are all the caterpillars?” After all, when you have over a thousand butterflies flying around (and mating) in a 7000 sq. ft. rainforest, you’d expect to see offspring. However, if all those butterflies reproduced, our little rainforest would be quite bare. One entomologist estimates that to feed over a thousand caterpillars, we’d need a facility the size of a football field...