The Butterfly Farm in Aruba is a great place to spend a couple of hours! Mom and Dad liked it too, but not as much as me. I felt like I could spend all day there! The place was absolutely covered in butterflies.
Pictures can’t describe what it was actually like! But they can give you a pretty good idea. There were butterflies of all kinds. But before we get into that, there are a few things you should know.
So, did you know that…?
- Butterflies were originally called Flutterbys? After the Italians (if I remember correctly) saw that almost all the Flutterbys there were a buttery color they changed their name to Butterfly.
- If you rub the dust off a butterflies wings that after they can’t fly? Don’t ask me how I know… 🙂
- When a butterfly comes out of the cocoon its wings are virtually half the size (or less) then when it’s been out for roughly 10 minutes?
- Or that the Blue Morpho Butterflies wings are actually reflective? In the 2 pictures above, one of when its wings are closed, and one when they are open. Note: It is not the same butterfly. But it is the same coloring.
Okay, I’m not a butterfly expert. I got all that from the talk they had there. But anyway, I loved it there.
They had a hatchery!! It was so neat to watch the butterflies emerge from their cocoon! I didn’t really get a good video of it; I didn’t have the patience, I just wanted to watch. But I did get him falling out of the cocoon.
They have to sit upside-down for a good little wile after they come out of their cocoon. That is because, as I said above, their wings are almost half their normal size or less when they first pop out. As shown in the picture below.
Once, I had to save one :). It was on the mesh drying its wings, and it fell. I picked it up off the ground and put it back on the mesh. I’m a hero!!! Okay, well not really, anyone could have done that.
Here’s a photo of some butterflies eating fruit.
They have to keep dishes of water at the feet of the hatchery. Why? Ants. Ants will come up the legs and eat the newly hatched and the ones that are waiting to hatch. The man said that even when the water is there, the ants still come up. How? Just like we get across streams, they build a boat. They cut off pieces of leaves and put them in the water!
They also have a gift shop at the Butterfly Farm. It is full of trinkets and shirts and jewelry and more. I bought a shirt when I was there and I love it. Well okay, my parents bought it for me, but I guess it’s all the same!
I hope you liked the post! Thanks for reading and happy travels!