We finally had an opportunity to visit a butterfly house. Let me just say, if you haven't been to a butterfly house...stop what you are doing right now and google local butterfly houses. This is such an amazing experience for kids of all ages as well as for adults.
Grace and I were both captivated as we watched 100s of butterflies fly, feed and land around us.
In addition to seeing all these beautiful butterflies, we also learned some fun butterfly facts.
Did you know, butterflies taste with their feet?
Another fun fact, butterflies need it to have about an 85 degree body temperature in order to fly. Butterflies are cold blooded and can't regulate their temperatures so they require warm sunny days in order to fly.
The day that we visited the butterfly house, it was a partially cloudy cooler day. When the sun was shining into the screened in butterfly house, the butterflies happily flew around. When a cloud past, they settled into the beautiful flowers flightless.
But the saddest butterfly fact, of all, the average life span of most butterflies is 2-4 weeks.
From the moment they emerge from their chrysalis their sole purposes in life are to eat and mate.
Knowing that they live such a short amount of time, makes me want to stop and appreciate their beauty even more.
The number one rule of any butterfly house is 'do not touch the butterflies'. Of course, if they should decide to land on you, that is fine. We saw butterflies land on a few people. The butterflies were drawn to people wearing bright neon colored clothing and little girls with faux flowers in their hair.
Grace sat quietly and patiently, desperately hoping a butterfly would land on her. Though no butterflies landed on her, one did flutter right past her face, wings flapping in her face. Being *kissed* by a butterfly satisfied her enough that we were able to leave. But, we'll be back, in our brightly colored shirts to try again.
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