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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October Owls and Orchids at the Butterfly House
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 27, 2015 - More than 1,000 owl butterflies will take flight during the annual October Owls and Orchids event.
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. Owl Butterflies aren't the only visitors in October, the Butterfly House will also feature more than 200 orchids in the conservatory during the run of the event. October Owls and Orchids daytime events are included with regular admission. The Butterfly House is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Additional events will be held after-hours on Tuesday and Thursday 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. Owls and other animals from the World Bird Sanctuary will also be on display. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $3 for Missouri Botanical Garden members.
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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