Welcome to Butterfly Pavilion

We are home to over 5,000 animals! Embark on an adventure to the realm of Rosie, our famous tarantula. Step to Water’s Edge to be immersed in an underwater world full of sea creatures. Explore our tropical rainforest where 1,600 butterflies rule the sky! End your journey in our gardens and nature trail where you’re sure to see critters of all kinds.
We are located just 15 minutes north of Denver and 20 minutes south of Boulder in Colorado. Step inside Butterfly Pavilion where Butterflies are just the Beginning!

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Bug Buzz

Pollinator of the Month

Tarantula Hawk Wasp

Pepsis sp.

Wasps are not usually considered as effective a pollinator as bees, because they lack pollen-attracting fuzz. However, some adult wasps are attracted to flowers for their nectar and invariably end up pollinating plants as they fly from blossom to blossom. Adult females sting and paralyze tarantulas, which then end up as food for wasp larvae. This formidable insect, also the official state insect of New Mexico, is notorious for a painful sting, but they are not aggressive and tend to fly away.

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Visit the New Invertebrate World!

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Bee the Change.
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Butterfly Pavilion believes that with knowledge and support at all levels, we can do our part to preserve our natural habitats and all that call Earth home. We only have one world… please help us protect it for future generations to enjoy it. Bee-cause together, we can BEE the Change.