Exhibit opens at White River Gardens
Following a yearlong hiatus, guests can once again experience the beautiful exhibit through Sept. 10. Set inside the Hilbert Conservatory at White River Gardens, the showcase features thousands of free-flying butterflies in a tropical paradise.
The exhibit highlights 40 species from four continents. Among the radiant varieties are Indiana natives, including the American painted lady, as well as stunning exotic insects, from the small-yet-striking Costa Rica tiger to the blue morpho, one of the world’s largest butterflies with a wingspan up to 8 inches.
With 30 brand-new species, Butterfly Kaleidoscope is featuring moths for the first time. Among them are the Madagascan sunset moth, a multicolored, iridescent insect often thought of as the most beautiful of its kind.
Visitors can witness the creatures’ incredible metamorphosis unfolding inside the emergence chamber. Timed daily releases offer a perfect opportunity for guests to have a close encounter, and a newly emerged butterfly may even pause momentarily on a guest’s hand before taking its inaugural flight.
Admission to the gardens is free for zoo members. Guests can purchase tickets at www.IndianapolisZoo.com.