THE SECRET LIVES OF BUGS & BUTTERFLIES

M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! is on hiatus in 2021. Consider visiting the Garden to see native butterflies and insects instead!learning about butterflies and insects with a children's educator 

Native Invertebrate Micro Exhibit 

Have you ever wondered what a baby dragonfly looks like? Or where butterflies go in the rain? Visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to learn the answers to these questions and more, as we reveal the secret lives of bugs!

Starting this spring, the Garden will be featuring an educational display of live insects and other invertebrates, highlighting the fascinating life details of critters found in your yard, neighborhood or local park. You’ll learn about what they eat, where they live, and what you can do at home to create a thriving habitat—not just for bugs—but for the entire web of life. Staff will be showcasing an ever-changing array of native species, in all stages of life. Drop by from 10 a.m, – 2 p.m. on select days to get an up-close and personal introduction to some of our weird and wonderful native bugs!

Please note, due to COVID-19, advance tickets are required for all visitors. 

Love butterflies? Learn more about which butterflies to look for and how to attract them to your own yard. 

Looking for activities for your kids this summer? Visit our Kids Activities page and Kids Learning page

More Butterflies

We’ve planted nectar and host plants for butterflies all over the Garden!  Look and see how many types you can find.

Join us for family fun in the Children’s Garden where you can learn how to do the bee dance. Download and print your own KidQuest PDF.

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Meet the Butterflies

Even though Butterflies LIVE! is on hiatus, you can still learn about butterflies from around the world. Here are a few of our favorites. You can expect to see these in the exhibition when Butterflies LIVE! returns.

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