September Is Blue Morpho Butterfly Month!

Located At The Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center

September Is Blue Morpho Butterfly Month!

Enjoy our month-long display of nature at its finest! Each September, marvel at the Blue Morpho as hundreds of these tropical butterflies fill the Day Butterfly Center with their iridescent-blue splendor. Visitors to the Day Butterfly Center will witness the largest display of Blue Morpho Butterflies on the planet during September!

Celebrate butterflies, caterpillars and all things crawly at our The Annual Butterfly Festival at Callaway Resort & Gardens!  With crafts, games and activities for children of all ages (and kids at heart), the Cecil B. Day Tropical Butterfly Conservatory  will be the hub of happenings all weekend long.  Adventure out on an scavenger hunt or create a  beautiful butterfly mask to take home, but above all slow down to take in the magic of the conservatory and Callaway Gardens’ “flying flowers”.

There’s something a-flutter all month long!  

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About the Blue Morpho

The Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides) is a spectacular butterfly native to the rainforests of South and Central America. The undersides of the wings are brown with eyespots, but the contrasting upper sides could be considered the most brilliant, vivid blue that nature has to offer. This iridescent color actually results from microscopic scales on the backs of their wings reflecting light, giving the brilliant shimmering blue appearance. As a Blue Morpho flies, its contrasting wing colors of brilliant blue and dull brown fool the eye and make the Morpho look as if it is appearing and disappearing, paying tribute to its name ‘morpho’ – which actually means “to change or modify.”

Blue Morphos have long courtship rituals and are fiercely territorial – both behaviors that keep the beautiful butterflies constantly swooshing and swirling through the air. And when they do rest, unlike most butterflies that hide in the trees, Morphos usually congregate in large groups around the fruit baskets in the Conservatory, making them very easy to spot and a lot of fun to watch.  

Furthermore, where most butterflies’ emergence from their chrysalides is random and unpredictable, Blue Morphos synchronize their emergence, making it easy to predict. We open at 10am so you are sure to have the opportunity to watch the last miraculous phase of metamorphosis as new adult butterflies climb from their chrysalids and prepare for their first flight.

Blue Morpho Month gives you the best opportunity to photograph these butterflies, which are normally difficult to capture on photo or video. Optimal time for photos is in the morning around 10am and in the afternoon past 3pm, when Morphos are usually resting.

September 24 and 25, 2022

Butterfly Festival

Celebrate butterflies, caterpillars and all things crawly at our Butterfly Festival!  With crafts, games and activities for children of all ages (and kids at heart), the Cecil B. Day Tropical Butterfly Conservatory  will be the hub of happenings all weekend long.  Adventure out on an scavenger hunt or create a  beautiful butterfly mask to take home, but above all slow down to take in the magic of the conservatory and Callaway Gardens’ “flying flowers”.

This festival is included in General Gardens Admission, Saturday 9/24 and Sunday, 9/25, 2022 (FREE for Annual Members and Resort Guests)!

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Children 12 & under dressed as a butterfly, caterpillar or insect receive FREE ADMISSION to Callaway Gardens

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