Although the butterflies in the garden will mate, the females will not lay eggs unless they find host plants. The Butterfly House never plants any host plants in the garden such as milkweed for the monarchs, therefore the females never lay any eggs. Visitors will never see caterpillars or chrysalises in the garden, only butterflies. The USDA actually prohibits caterpillars from being raised in Butterfly Houses that have foreign butterflies that are regulated species and must be contained so as not to pose a threat to the native species and outside environment.
Insect World- This museum dedicated to all things insects educates on the benefits that insects play around the world and the impact on environment. The museum features an impression collection of beetles including the Goliath Beetle and visitors will also learn all about the life cycle of the butterfly and enjoy interactive displays and the musical butterfly wall—a children’s favorite. The ceiling is decorated to mimic a monarch migration.
The Insect World Museum also features an Education Room where visitors can witness butterflies emerge from their chrysalis’s. This emergence case is one of the largest in North America, holding up to 700 chrysalises at once and never less than 500. This room also presents information on how butterflies have transformed the way the agriculture industry operates in the rainforests without harming the lands.
There are more than just insect in this museum though. Along with an emporer scorpion, centipedes, mantises, beetles, and cockroaches, visitors can also see: Guacamole the Senegal Chameleon, toads, red eared sliders, and more. Original Butterfly House & Insect World on Mackinac Island - Photo: Original Butterfly House & Insect World
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