Butterfly Kaleidoscope
Presented by Citizens Energy Group

Butterfly Kaleidoscope

Immerse yourself in the beauty of butterflies!

Butterflies return spring 2020

Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group transforms the indoor gardens into a tropical paradise to bring you butterflies in a way that you’ve never experienced them before! This stunning seasonal showcase will return spring 2020!

As you walk through the warm, aromatic indoor garden, more than 40 species of butterflies will flit nearby — and one might even land on you! Each day, newly hatched butterflies will be released from the Emergence Chamber near the center of the Conservatory. Marvel at the more than 40 colorful species (of butterflies AND moths!), including bamboo page, banded peacock, blue tiger, ghost sulpher, sleepy orange and the Tanzanian sunset moth! Come to one of our scheduled releases and watch them take their first flight! Learn about the amazing metamorphosis of these magical creatures — from egg to larva to pupa to butterfly. Feel the soft flutter of their wings as they float by on their way to take a drink of nectar from stunning glass feeders. Don’t forget your camera to capture the stunning colors and delicate details of these fascinating creatures! Children also will love the magnetic build-a-butterfly wall where they can build replicas of these interesting insects.

A dazzling array of colors will fill every corner of the conservatory in this show, making you believe that you are walking into an immense glass kaleidoscope. A rainbow of light shimmers in through stained glass panels. These translucent, jewel-toned panels will mimic the butterflies as they float on the air currents high in the air in the Conservatory.

Emerging Butterflies

Peek inside our butterfly emergence chamber for an up-close look as beautiful monarch & blue morpho butterflies hatch from their chrysalis.

Buy tickets and see the beautiful butterflies!

Butterfly Kaleidoscope is included with regular Zoo admission.


Home gardeners interested in bringing butterflies and other local wildlife to their own backyards can discover the native pollinator garden located behind the Conservatory. Inspiration can also be found outdoors amid the 3 acres of lush plantings throughout the Gardens, which will soon be bursting with beautiful tulips and other spring blooms.

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Bright, bold, beautiful colors will surround you when you visit Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group at the Hilbert Conservatory. Returning...