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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March Morpho Mania at Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 2, 2014 - Enjoy the beauty of a rainforest without ever leaving Missouri during the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House's annual March Morpho Mania® event.
Nearly 3,000 Blue Morpho butterflies will be in free-flight inside the 8,000-square-foot tropical Conservatory for this annual event. March Morpho Mania offers visitors an opportunity to see the largest collection of Blue Morpho butterflies in the United States.
The Blue Morpho is one of the largest butterflies at the Butterfly House and has a six-inch wingspan. Blue Morphos also have tiny scales on their wings which refract light and produce flashes of blue that bewilder predators in nature. Common Blue Morpho butterflies (Morpho peleides) are native to Central and South America. The collection at the Butterfly House mainly hails from El Bosque Nuevo, a sustainable butterfly farming operation in Costa Rica.
During March, the Butterfly House will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. In addition to the breathtaking sights inside the conservatory, there will be weekend activities for children in the newly renovated Lopata Learning Lab including rainforest-themed craft activities and a science station to view butterfly scales through a microscope.
Stop by the Madame Butterfly House Gift Shop to browse for butterfly-inspired gifts, educational toys, books and souvenirs for all ages, including several Blue Morpho items. Visitors are welcome to bring a hand-held camera to capture the experience of seeing these butterflies in action. No tripods, monopods or external flash equipment allowed. Due to increased crowds during this event, no strollers are allowed.
The Butterfly House is located in Faust Park at 15193 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield, Mo., accessible from Interstate 64 at exit #19B. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last ticket is sold 30 min. prior to closing each day. Visitors are encouraged to arrive no later than one hour prior to closing to fully enjoy the experience.
March Morpho Mania® is included with regular admission. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (ages 65 and older) and $4 for children (ages 3 to 12). Children ages 2 and younger and Missouri Botanical Garden members are free. For more information, visit www.butterflyhouse.org or call (636) 530-0076.
By Betty Magrath, SLFP.com
Photos by Bob Moore, SLFP.com
© 2001, Saint Louis Front Page
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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