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Butterfly Conservatory Niagara Falls

Updated on June 27, 2014

Beautiful Pictures of Butterflies and Flowers

The Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory is the perfect place to go for taking beautiful pictures of butterflies and flowers. The Butterfly Conservatory is located within the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. In both the Gardens and the Conservatory all of the plants are labeled so you can easily identify what type of flower is in your photo.

The butterflies unfortunately are not as easily identified. They also tend to like to flitter and flutter about making them harder to photograph. However it is worth the time and effort as they are truly some of the most beautiful creatures that I have ever seen.

Personally I prefer taking my photos inside the conservatory as it has a controlled environment. That way I can get great shots without having to flee in terror whenever a bee shows up. No, I am not allergic to bees (that I know of), I am just a chicken. Let me give you a photo tour of my trip, if you are interested in going you can check out the prices and hours of operation at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory website .

All Photos By:whatsittoyou

Books About Butterflies

Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Field Guides)
Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Field Guides)

This is a great guide to help you identify all of the butterflies that are in North America. It has over 2300 pictures of them.

 
The Life Cycles of Butterflies: From Egg to Maturity, a Visual Guide to 23 Common Garden Butterflies
The Life Cycles of Butterflies: From Egg to Maturity, a Visual Guide to 23 Common Garden Butterflies

This is a great book for showing you the full life cycle from egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, to the emerging butterfly with amazing up close photographs.

 

Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens

You can wander around the Botanical Gardens on your own while you wait for the Conservatory to open. If you chose you can also take a guided tour instead on a horse drawn carriage. There is a wide variety of flowers available to photograph.

A Video Tour

Photos of Flowers Located in The Botanical Gardens

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Make Your Own Butterfly Garden

You can plant some of the flowers that are on the Botanical Gardens grounds. Plus you can buy plants that actually attract butterflies!

1,200 Purple Coneflower Seeds
1,200 Purple Coneflower Seeds

This is the Coneflower that you see in my pictures. These ones just happen to be purple instead.

 

Inside the Butterfly Conservatory

When you have finished wandering the grounds it is time to head inside. When you enter the front door you are required to pay an entrance fee. It will cost you $15.26 with the taxes included. Then you can proceed through the next set of doors. In this area there is a gift shop and a learning center.

The learning center is where you can see caterpillars and pupa. They keep these out of the main room for population control. There are also displays that show the life cycle and migratory patterns of butterflies.

Learning Center

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Time See the Butterflies

When you have finished looking around the learning center you can head inside to the main area where all the butterflies are located. They are completely free to fly about and even land on you. They will rest on the feeding trays, netting, plus the flora and fauna.

There is a pathway for you to walk along that is surrounded by lush greenery. You can take as much time as you want to wander around getting all the pictures that you want. If you reach the exit area you can walk past it and walk around again.

Some of the plants are extremely close making it very easy to get incredibly close up shots of the butterflies without requiring a telescopic lens. All of the pictures featured here were taken with my Rebel T3 with the standard lens that came with the camera.

Butterfly Pictures

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Look at the size of this one compared to the average size one on the left!The big guy upcloseRight at the entrance welcoming you.
Look at the size of this one compared to the average size one on the left!
Look at the size of this one compared to the average size one on the left!
The big guy upclose
The big guy upclose
Right at the entrance welcoming you.
Right at the entrance welcoming you.

Take Your Own Amazing Photos

Want to get great photos without having to be an experienced photographer? Then do what I did get a better camera. I just recently switched to a Canon Rebel T3 from my standard point and shoot camera. All of the pictures on this article were taken with my Cannon EOS Rebel T3.

I can't believe how much better the pictures look. I still do not know what I am doing, it is just that the auto focus and capabilities of the camera are much better.

Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm IS II Lens + Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm IS II Lens + Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

This is a perfect DSLR camera for a beginner. It has auto focus so you can take great pictures right away, but it also has all the manual features that will help you learn the settings for yourself.

 

Butterflies and Flowers

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Butterfly Pavilion

If you don't have a conservatory near you this kit lets you watch as a caterpillar progresses to its chrysalides state, to becoming a butterfly. It is a fascinating opportunity for kids to learn about these beautiful creatures.

Insect Lore Butterfly Pavilion
Insect Lore Butterfly Pavilion

Witness up close the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly.

 

Butterflies Upclose and The Elusive Blue Butterflies

You can get some incredibly good close up shots of the butterflies when they land nearby. However there are blue butterflies that almost never seem to land. When they do they tend to close their wings together which covers up the color.

You need patience, luck, and a camera that has the ability to shoot continuous shots that will remain in focus. Fortunately I had all three and I was able to get some shots of the elusive Blue Morpho butterfly.

Blue Butterflies and Up Close Shots

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Where Is Your Favorite Place For Taking Pictures of Nature?

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      I like the mountains of Colorado. Your butterfly photos are fabulous! We have a butterfly pavilion here in Denver, but I've not been there yet. Plan to go soon.

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      maureenpass 3 years ago

      Beautiful pictures!

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      What a great lens full of fantastic images! Thanks!

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      evawrites1 3 years ago

      These pictures are really beautiful!

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      mel-kav 3 years ago

      My favorite place for taking nature photos used to be right in my own backyard, but since I moved, I don't necessarily have a favorite place. But I would love to visit the butterfly conservatory. I love butterflies. My old house had lots and lots of butterflies - but none at my new home. I bought some butterfly weed seeds for next season. In my opinion, these are the best flowers to lure in the butterflies. Love this lens!

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      corinnephillips1 3 years ago

      This is a great lens great photos

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      josietook 3 years ago

      I don't have a favorite place for taking pictures, but butterfly conservatory looks like a excellent place. Great photos!!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Great lens and pictures, I have been there and it is a beautiful place.

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      I always like taking picture of nature and I collect beautiful nature photos, your lens seems to me very nice, keep up the good work :)

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      Klaartje Loose 3 years ago

      The beach, butterfly gardens, the mountains, parks, I like to take pictures everywhere!

      Nice lens :-)

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      sharon-w-meeks 3 years ago

      Very beautiful pictures. Love your lens!

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      Pat Goltz 3 years ago

      Anyplace that has nature! I go regularly to photograph butterflies in a greenhouse, but most of the rest of my photographs are taken outdoors. I will travel to wilderness areas to get pictures. Very nice report on this place, and some good butterfly pictures.

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      opatoday 3 years ago

      Congratulations on Lens Of the Day! It's a great lens.

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      mina009 3 years ago

      Lovely pictures with butterflies!

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      breannabab 3 years ago

      @LiteraryMind: so cool

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      breannabab 3 years ago

      @LiteraryMind: so cool

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      Sara_Bruce 3 years ago

      Superb shot... beautiful butterflies with superb color..

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      RHKnight 3 years ago

      Thanks for making such a gorgeous lens. I almost feel like I took a live tour with you.

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      dothebest 3 years ago

      Great job... Thank you for sharing!

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      Bill 3 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      @Snakesmum: I just posted about that exact place myself! :-)

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      Bill 3 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on LOTD. I remember as a teenager and in my 20's going to the Butterfly House at the Melbourne Zoo in Australia where you were just surrounded by hundreds of magnificent butterflies, it was awesome! I have been to Niagara Falls, but only did the main touristy falls area. If I ever make it back there I will be sure to check out the Botanical Gardens there. :-)

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      Marianne Gardner 3 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      Beautiful photos. Almost as good as being there. Congratulations on Lens Of the Day! It's a great lens.

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      Beautiful. I love butterfly gardens.

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      Kinder16 3 years ago

      What beautiful pictures! They lift up your soul!

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      Tami-Lynn 3 years ago from North Vancouver

      Lovely lense! :)

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      Michael Yoshinaka 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Great shots and such beautiful butterflies.

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      Jean DAndrea 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Butterflies are beautiful creatures - we have a butterfly house at the Zoo here in Melbourne, Australia, and always visit when we're at the zool

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      NatureFan LM 3 years ago

      In my backyard. Nature abounds right outside my door. This year the butterflies have been extraordinary! Thank for sharing. :)

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      Ellen Gregory 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Congratulations on LOTD. I visited Niagara Falls twice as a child and I don't believe these gardens were there. Thanks for letting me know about it. If I get a chance to visit again I will check this out -- it looks beautiful.

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! great lens! I love taking photos wherever there is beauty! Awesome Butterfly photos on your lens...I love Butterflies...when I was younger I could will them to come to me and they would stay on me for a long time..

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Terrific pictures. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      Beautiful photos! Congratulations on receiving the LOTD. I like to take photos almost anywhere because there is always something special.

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      mina009 3 years ago

      Butterflies..amazing creatures!

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      NuttSoRuff 3 years ago

      Great shots!

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      Stanley Green 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      Wonderful pictures! My favorite place to take photos of nature are mountains near to my home.

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      sponias lm 3 years ago

      I love butterflies! I was curious to see your lens when I learned that it was the lens of the day. I agree that this lens really deserved to be rewarded. Congratulations!

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      MandyGardner LM 3 years ago

      Congrats! Great pics :)

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Just stopping again by to say congratulations on LotD and the county fair win.

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      Asher Socrates 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      What a wonderful job on this lens. A DSLR camera makes a big difference when taking pictures outdoors. Thank you for sharing, Asher

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      Heather Burns 3 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Really amazing photos and lens!

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      tomoxby 3 years ago

      I often cycle by the gardens on the Niagara Recreational Trail but have never stopped to visit the Butterfly Conservatory. Thanks for the information as I now see it would be worthy of a visit.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I would love to visit this conservatory. It's been a while since I photographed butterflies at a Chicago conservatory and butterfly house. Butterflies are such compelling subjects. So much beauty here. Congrats on LOTD and your Squidoo fair win!

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      WinWriter 3 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens as I love butterflies. They are huge this year in our garden. Bright yellow with some black coloring also in their wings. Congratulations on your purple star!

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      Mobley5 3 years ago

      Well deserved LotD - beautiful!

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      ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      Beautiful! Congrats on LotD! I don't really have a favorite place. I just enjoy it anywhere I find something beautiful.

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      Projectlazy 3 years ago

      Love it there. I live in Toronto and try to vist il every year or two. Your pictures really captured its beauty.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Came back again to leave my congratulations for Lens of the Day!

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      Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

      Beautiful photos! Congratulations on LotD! :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Awesome lens and congrats on lens of the day! Love all the pictures. Thank you for sharing.

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      Carolyn Bennett 3 years ago from Longview, Washington

      Beautiful lens.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Congratulations on your County Fair win and your absolutely beautiful Lens of the Day!

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      Gregory Moore 3 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I took my family there a couple of years ago. My kids loved it. Highly recommended!

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      When I was a kid I wanted to be a butterfly so I could fly away. Now an elder, I have revisited my pleasure of butterflies right in my own back yard. I have never been to a butterfly conservatory but need to get myself to one. Fantastic lens flutterings you have shared, thank you!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Truely amazing and beautiful pictures! A very interesting read. Thanks for sharing

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      Whatsittoyou 3 years ago from Canada

      @favored: They actually provide teaching materials on their website. I would have loved going there for a school trip.

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      Whatsittoyou 3 years ago from Canada

      @Dressage Husband: Thank you, just looked at it, hopefully it is fixed now.

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      Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      A great lens and an example of exactly where a DSLR camera outperforms the simple point and shoots. These cameras are as good as the professional cameras of a couple of years ago! A beautiful lens and a deserved LOTD. Check your grammar though there are several silly mistakes that I am sure you will spot if you read it again after a few days.

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      harishchaudhary 3 years ago

      wow there are photos of butterfly. very nice pics

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I have been there and it is truley amazing, great pictures Thanks

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      chardonnay1313 3 years ago

      OMG I love butterflies. Those are great photos of the butterflies.

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      Gloria Freeman 3 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I love all the beautiful butterfly photos. Great job.

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      Meganhere 3 years ago

      My own back garden, with vegetable beds, fruit trees and a pond full of fish. It's spring here right now and my fruit trees are all in blossom.

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      getmoreinfo 3 years ago

      Wow these photos of butterflies is amazing.

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      ComfortsOfHome 3 years ago

      Oh, lovely! I'm so envious, always wanted to go to a really good butterfly conservatory. I'm not much good as a photographer, but lucky enough to live in the country so I can "take pictures with my eyes" every day. :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Congratulations on being a winner of the 2013 Squidoo County Fair in Animals!

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      Namsak 3 years ago

      There is a similar butterfly world on the outskirts of Edinburgh (Scotland) which I have visited many times with our grandchildren. I recognise one of the butterflies you pictured: it is in the 'Butterfly Pictures' gallery in the middle row on the extreme right - the brown one with the big eye-spot. It is also in Edinburgh. I know what you mean when you say the butterflies never sit still enough to photograph - you have to be quick. Very nice lens.

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      BarbsSpot 3 years ago

      @Lensmaster...Congratulations on your 1st Place win in the County Fair, Animal Category, contest! From me and Cee-Cee!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      How beautiful! Our yard is my favorite place to find nature. In fact, i saw a big butterfly yesterday and remembered that it's getting close to monarch butterfly migration time. I'm sure we'll be seeing more in the very near future. My son took a prize-winning monarch picture years ago - maybe I'll capture a good shot, too.

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      This is beautiful and the butterflies are fantastic. Lucky you!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I would never want to leave such a treasure trove of butterflies. Your pictures are off the chain type stellar.

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      steadytracker lm 3 years ago

      Thank you for entering this lens in the 2013 Squidoo County Fair.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      This would be a great place for a class trip. So much beauty, I would have love to visited this place when I was there.