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Where do we get our butterflies?

The butterflies in Pacific Science Center's Tropical Butterfly House are bred in captivity. They come from butterfly farms in Central America and the Philippines.

How butterfly farms work

Butterfly farming begins with plant farming. Caterpillars of each species will usually eat only one kind of plant, the host plant for that species. Butterflies need their specific host plants in order to survive.

Why butterfly farms are a good thing

Butterfly farms can be very helpful for the people of developing countries. Often these countries are rich in butterfly species but poor in cash.

Butterfly farms:

Click here for the Butterfly Farmer Web site.
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