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Habitat News

How's it in the Habitat for 9/19!

Kara Davidson

The weather from Hurricane Jose is going to make it downright miserable for our butterflies!

As such, we are going to be closed for the next couple days, so we can batten down the hatches. and protect our butterflies and plants!

Ann will be there keeping an eye on things, which means the gift shop will still be open!

Check back for habitat updates in the following days.

Limited butterflies thanks to the weather!

Kara Davidson

Hello everyone!

We just wanted to give you a heads up that we will have a limited butterfly population for these first few weeks. Sadly, the weather really played havoc with our stock, and wild butterflies this year. The populations will need time and warm sunshine to fully recover.

We are still open and have some for you to see, but the selection is not as varied or numerous as it usually is by now. 

We really appreciate your patience and your continued support!

Thank you!

Opening Info!

Kara Davidson

We are open now!

However, we just wanted to give you a heads up that we have limited butterflies. This cold and wet spring has not been good for mating and raising butterflies. Our varieties and numbers are low right now, but will continue to grow as the season progresses.

We appreciate your patience, and we hope you stop by regardless!

Thank you!

Opening Information!

Kara Davidson

Starting Friday, May 27th, we'll be open daily from 10am to 5pm.

Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for children.

Seasonal passes are available as well: $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors, and $10 for children.

We hope to see you soon!

Opening Dates

Kara Davidson

Our habitat will open for the 2016 season on Memorial Day weekend! Join us on May 27th to visit our butterfly habitat, gift shop and learning center.

We look forward to seeing you!

Preparing for a New Season

Kara Davidson

Another new year is upon us here at Butterflies of Cape Cod and with this new year comes all of the preparations to have another successful season of our native butterfly house.  Each year we must plan for the types of butterflies and moths we will have for our visitors to see, learn about and enjoy.  This requires growing nectar and host plants that are free from pesticides and commercial fertilizers, which will enable our butterflies and moths and their caterpillar offspring (larvae) to have healthy and complete life cycles.  Milkweed, nettles, plantain, herbs and flowers are just some of the different types of annual plants that must be grown each year to support our beautiful butterflies and moths. Perennial plants grown from previous seasons that will be used this year will require cleaning, repotting and feeding to prepare them for the new season.

Eclosion Cabinet

Eclosion Cabinet

 

The butterflies and moths that our visitors get to see in our butterfly house each year come from many sources.  Monarchs, Painted Ladies, Red Admirals and other types of migrating or transient butterflies are usually initially purchased from butterfly growers in the south, so we can have them available earlier in the season than we would normally see them up here in the north.  Swallowtail butterflies like Eastern Blacks, Spicebush and Pipevines, are over wintered in our eclosion (emerging) cabinet inside our butterfly house to protect them from predators, like mice and spiders, during the diapause (to pause cycle) stage of their life cycle, but still enabling them to be exposed to outdoor conditions.  These butterflies were caterpillars at the end of last season and formed a chrysalis (pupa) to overwinter in.  Our moth species also overwintered in our butterfly house eclosion cabinet in their cocoons (pupa) stage. The cocoon of a moth is a silken pouch woven by the caterpillar to protect its chrysalis which resides inside.  Other species of butterflies and moths are gathered from the wild in their caterpillar stage or as eggs (ova), so we can raise them in our rearing facility during the season on their host plants.

New Milkweed

New Milkweed

Each year a lot of work, effort and planning goes into our butterfly house so when people come to visit us they will have an enjoyable experience and we hope they will leave our facility with new found knowledge and appreciation for the magnificent insects we call butterflies and moths.