My friend came to visit recently, and I was checking out things we could do while she was here in Arizona. I found out about a place across town called Butterfly Wonderland so we decided to check it out. I am so glad we did because it was absolutely amazing!
When you first walk in you get to view several different kinds of butterfly cocoons that actually have live caterpillars in them.
I didn’t know that the cocoons look different depending on what kind of butterfly is in them. Some of them were even emerging from their cocoons as we watched.
Below is the cocoon of a gigantic moth that is about to enter into the world.
And this is what he looks like when he does.
The monitor at the door pointed out the fact that the wing tips on this moth resemble snake heads. How appropriate for Arizona! I hope I never meet this guy in a dark alley! Just what you want is a gigantic snake head moth attacking you at night. I’m not afraid of moths, but I could do without this one! It was amazing to see, though, behind glass windows. After you pass by the cocoons, the doorman lets you in where the butterflies are.
It was like a tropical paradise with many plants and flowers everywhere and a small pond in the middle. It was extremely humid as that is the best environment for the butterflies. Classical music plays softly in the background. And, the best part of all, butterflies are flitting around everywhere. It is a huge place with so many different colors of butterflies that I never knew existed. I don’t know what they are called so I will describe a couple to you. There was a ladybug butterfly that was very shy and kept hiding its head behind the leaves,
a butterfly with kickstands,
and the cow with a jean jacket butterfly.
But my very favorites were the blue butterflies. They were flitting around the whole time, and were hard to get a picture of, but my friend finally got one.
There were so many more varieties, but I just wanted to give you a little sneak peek of what you might get to see if you go. There is also a 3D movie that tells about the miraculous flight of the Monarch. It was worth watching. It is such an incredible story and only lasts about 20 minutes.
The cost of Butterfly wonderland is $18.95 plus tax for adults, and $9.95 for children 3-11. Kids 2 and under are free. Check the website for other discounts. We were there about 3 hours so I felt like we got our money’s worth. If you live in Arizona or are planning a visit, I highly recommend a stop at Butterfly Wonderland. It truly was like a fairyland in the middle of the desert.
9500 E. Via de Ventura
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Open 7 Days a Week
9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Special thanks to my friend, Kay Roller, for letting me use some of her pictures!