Sophia M. Sachs
15193 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, MO 63107
Summer Hours - 9 am to 5 pm, seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Additional extended hours on Wednesdays from 5 - 7 pm
Winter Hours - 9 am to 4 pm, Tuesday through Sunday
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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), October 5, 2014 - The Butterfly House's 8,000-square-foot tropical conservatory generally houses 150 owl butterflies which are easily recognized by their chocolate-hued wings and bring yellow markings that resemble an owl eye.
Throughout October, there will be more than 10 times the standard number of these butterflies representing three species: Caligo eurilochus, Caligo atreus and Caligo memnon. October Owls and Orchids daytime events are included with regular admission.
Additional events will be held after-hours on Tuesday evenings in October from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Owl butterflies are most active during evening hours and can be seen in flight during these limited attendance events. On October 7, 14 and 28, owls from the World Bird Sanctuary will also be on display. On October 21, nocturnal animals from the Saint Louis Zoo will greet visitors.
Tickets are $6 for the general public and $3 for Missouri Botanical Garden members. Pre-registration and additional information is available online www.butterflyhouse.org/owls.
October 24: Booterflies. Join the Butterfly House from 5 to 7 p.m. for games, spook-tacular crafts and Treat Houses during this family-friendly Halloween event. Children can wear costumes and “trick or treat” in the outdoor Butterfly Garden and take home loot from GoGo Squeeze®, Snikiddy Snacks®, Chick-fil-A, Trusweets, Clif Bar & Co, Cripsy Green, McAlister’s Deli and more! Tickets are $8 for the general public and $4 for Missouri Botanical Garden members. Reservations required. Purchase tickets at the Butterfly House, by calling (636-530-0076) or online at www.butterflyhouse.org/booterflies. Booterflies is sponsored by Renewal by Anderson.
November 28-January 4: Winter Jewels. Escape the winter weather and head to the Butterfly House for the annual Winter Jewels celebration. Go on a treasure hunt through the Animal Exhibit Hall, discover the fairy gardens in the tropical conservatory and find new friends in the Gnome Forest. Included with regular admission.
December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21: Supper with Santa. Visit the Butterfly House from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and see Santa before he makes his big trip around the world. Tickets are $20 per person and $15 for Missouri Botanical Garden members and include a pasta dinner, cookies, hot cocoa, crafts, a picture with Santa, a walk through the Tropical Conservatory and a photo booth to snap silly keepsakes. Space is limited and reservations are required.
Please note, the Butterfly House will be closed January 5-30 for annual maintenance and renovations.
By Betty Magrath, SLFP.com
Photos by Bob Moore, SLFP.com
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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Hundreds of colorful exotic butterflys can be seen in free flight at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House & Education Center, an 8,000 sq. ft. conservatory located at St. Louis County's Faust Park.
Visitors are greeted by a 25,000-pound Monarch sculpture as they walk across butterfly-shaped paving stones to the door of the glass-enclosed crystal palace. Inside, there are as many as 100 different species of the world's most beautiful butterflies in free flight including the iridescent Blue Morpho from Costa Rica, the Ruby Lacewing from Malaysia, and the Goldbanded Forester from Kenya.
A path winds through the interior garden that features a waterlily pond, waterfalls and lush exotic, flowering, tropical plants. The air is misted continuously to maintain a seventy-five percent humidity level. Thoughout the area, butterflies dart about feeding on the flowers and fruit. Visitors can also enjoy taking pictures of the butterflies. Staff members are available to identify the species or answer any questions.
As the butterflys only live about two weeks, chrysalides are flown in from around the world on a daily basis. Visitors can see the adult butterflies go through the magical metamorphosis and then emerge from their chrysalis.
A complimentary original film is shown in the Emerson Electric Co. Family Theater. Visitors can join the fun in the classroom area where formal and informal classes for all ages are taught. The Madame Butterfly Gift Shop features a wide variety of books, toys and education games, t-shirts, jewelry and other treasures. An outdoor Native Habitat designed to attract and nurture native and migratory butterflies.
Admission to the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House & Education Center; $6 adults, $5.00 seniors (65+); $4 children, ages 3 - 12; children 2 and under are free. Please note: last ticket sold one half-hour before closing.
Visitors can also stroll the beautifully manicured grounds of this 200-acre park in Chesterfield and enjoy the other attractions including the St. Louis Carousel with more than 60 hand carved horses and deer; the Historical Village with authentic 19th century buildings; the Lamella Barn, an original dairy barn; the Seed Visitor Center, a Queen Anne-style carriage house; Thornhill, the estate of Frederick Bates, second Governor's residence in Missouri; and the Symphony Music School.
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