News Room | Museum Butterfly House Welcomes Thousand Blue Morpho Butterflies, July 1-31
Daily Butterfly Releases Celebrate Arrival of New Blue Morpho Butterflies
Contact: Leslie Pepple, Communications Manager
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Durham, NC - June 2014
- Giant tropical butterflies native to South and Central American tropics arrive in Durham.
- One thousand Blue Morphos introduced into Magic Wings conservatory throughout entire month of July; hundreds of new Blue Morpho butterflies released each week.
- Twice daily butterfly release programs; free with paid Museum admission.
This July the Museum of Life and Science’s Magic Wings Butterfly House is turning blue with a thousand new Blue Morpho butterflies. Renowned for their stunning size and color, guests will be able to enjoy an up-close look as hundreds of new Morphos are introduced into the conservatory every week at twice daily release programs: 11AM & 3PM Mon – Sat, 3:00PM on Sunday. Magic Wings Butterfly House and daily release programs are included free with paid Museum admission.
“It’s always amazing seeing Blue Morphos in the wild; their bright blue color really stands out against the deep green of the Central and South American rainforests. I’m excited that our guests will be able to have a similar experience, right here in Durham. So many Blue Morphos gliding through the conservatory will be a fantastic sight,” remarked Butterfly House Director, Ulrich Hartmond.
About Magic Wings Butterfly House
Opened in April 1999 Magic Wings Butterfly House is one of the largest butterfly houses in the Southeast and brings visitors into intimate contact with hundreds of exotic butterflies in a tropical indoor environment. The three-story Conservatory has brought rare and enchanting butterfly species from Asia, Africa and Central and South America to the heart of the Triangle for almost 15 years. With over 250 tropical plant species and hundreds of exotic butterflies in flight, this unique experience has delighted millions of visitors since its inception.
About the Blue Morpho Butterfly
- The Blue Morpho butterfly is one of the largest butterflies in the world with vivid blue winds spanning from five to eight inches.
- The signature vivid blue coloring is the result of thousands of microscopic scales on the backs of their wings which reflect light to give them an iridescent glow.
- Blue Morphos can be found in the wild in the tropical climates of South and Central America.
- The underside of this butterfly’s wings are a light brown color and often have several eyespots which provide camouflage against predators such as birds and insects. When in flight, the contrasting flash of bright blue and brown gives predators the illusion that the Blue Morpho is appearing and disappearing.