The Tropical Butterfly House and Insect Village
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Even if the weather outside is frightful, you will find it delightful inside the Tropical Butterfly
House where temperatures are always a balmy 80 degrees and the humidity near 80 percent. Surrounded
by tropical flora, stroll down a garden path while nearly 1,000 colorful butterflies flutter freely
The Tropical Butterfly House features a rotating variety of free-flying exotic butterflies from
around the world including Blue Morphos from Costa Rica, Paper Kites from the Philippines, Peacock
Pansies from Malaysia and many more. Some moths also call the Tropical Butterfly House home,
including Atlas Moths from Malaysia with wingspans that can measure up to eightinches. You also
watch through a window as butterflies and moths emerge from their jewel-like pupae in the
Next door to the Tropical Butterfly House, bug-lovers (and even the squeamish) enjoy exploring
the Insect Village and meeting its inhabitants.
Even more buggy fun awaits in the Insect Zoo where if you dare, you can touch live hissing
cockroaches, walking sticks, giant centipedes and even go eye to eye with a hairy tarantula.
- See the structures that various bugs call home including a termite mound and a living bee hive.
- Marvel at how an ant can lift items several times its own weight with ease.
- See how fleas could give some acrobats a run for their money with their jumping skills.
- Look at how bugs are masters of disguise with their mimicry and camouflage talents.
- Compare the strength of a bug's exoskeleton to a suit of armor.
Both the Tropical Butterfly House and Insect Village are permanent exhibits created by Pacific
Science Center and housed in the new Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery.
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