Hundreds of colorful butterflies fly freely in the Pacific Island Water Garden, a tropical haven filled with bright nectar blooms. Patrons can visit at any time to see a diverse array of butterflies soaring overhead or basking on nearby plant life.
For an even closer encounter with the butterflies, drop in on a Butterfly Release! At 1 and 3pm daily, a trained butterfly ambassador releases newly emerged butterflies into the biome during 15-minute educational presentations.
The butterfly metamorphosis can be experienced at home, too, with native Painted Lady caterpillars available in Botanica Gift Shop. Once they have emerged, Painted Lady butterflies can be released outdoors to continue their life cycle.