Experience the Magic of the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center

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Flights of fancy await you in the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, where typically 1,000 or more butterflies flutter freely about in one of North America’s largest tropical butterfly conservatories. The Day Butterfly Center is a living, dynamic, glass-enclosed environment in which a variety of tropical plants nourish the residents and new arrivals emerge from their chrysalides, dry their wings, and begin their very first wing-beats.

Every visit to the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified Day Butterfly Center is a new experience. The plant palette constantly matures and changes, and the butterfly population, comprising more than 50 species, fluctuates in diversity and density. These changes are influenced by the amount of available sunshine, season of the year, temperature, and stability of the ecosystem. Visit in September to see the planet’s largest display of beautiful, iridescent Blue Morpho Butterflies during Blue Morpho Month.

If you are interested in learning more about butterflies, join us for Butterflies 101 every Monday thru Friday at 2pm. During the butterfly season, March through October, our experts offer Butterfly Gardening on Fridays, where you can tour our outdoor native butterfly garden and learn how to attract butterflies to your garden. Also, our experts offer a more in depth workshop, Gardening for Butterflies, where you can learn how to attract butterflies to your garden.

Whenever you decide to visit, be sure to head to the Day Butterfly Center Gift Shop to peruse unique gifts and purchase seeds to start your own butterfly garden.

Supporting Conservation

Your visit to Callaway Resort & Gardens and the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center supports the conservation of some of the world’s most threatened natural habitats. Our butterflies are purchased in the chrysalis stage from family-run butterfly farms in economically-challenged, tropical countries.

Butterfly farms are dependent on healthy, undisturbed, natural ecosystems. As these small farms grow, their local economies grow and it becomes necessary to protect the rainforest. Without this demand, the alternative would be for the local residents to possibly cut down the rainforest in search of other means to support their livelihood.

Thank you for your continued visitation and support.

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Butterflies 101

Become a butterfly expert! Join our experts for a 20-minute session where you can get an in-depth look at the fascinating details of these incredible creatures.

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Gardening for Butterflies

Spend a fun, informative morning learning about these amazing creatures and their astounding life cycle. You’ll also learn the perils that all butterflies are facing in today’s world and how you can help.

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Blue Morpho Butterfly Month

Enjoy our month-long display of nature at its finest! Marvel at the Blue Morpho as hundreds of these tropical butterflies fill the Day Butterfly Center with their iridescent-blue splendor.

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