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The Butterfly House

Updated on September 4, 2014

The World of Tropical Butterflies

Butterflies are a wonderful part of the animal kingdom. I have always been fascinated by their life cycle and the many different species of butterflies that inhabit the world. However, It was not until I started volunteering at The Butterfly House two years ago that I really started to gain a perspective into the fascinating world of butterflies.

The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, located just west of St. Louis, was first opened in late 1998. In 2001, it merged with the Missouri Botanical Garden ( a world-renowned botanical garden located in St. Louis).

The mission of The Butterfly House as stated in their pamphlet is:

The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House and its governing organizations's

mission is to foster a better understanding and increased awareness

of our natural world. This facility presents an unparalleled

opportunity to impact science and natural history education in our

communities and the world, and to promote environmental

stewardship through examples.

In this lens I will use my photographs to take you on a tour of The Butterfly House

The Butterfly House

Entrance Area

Sophia M Sachs Butterfly House - a part of Missouri Botanical Gardens

Learn More - butterflies are everywhere

Butterflies are such interesting insects. In this book you will learn more about butterflies all over the world.

Tropical Butterflies of the World
Tropical Butterflies of the World
Learn facts about butterflies around the world.

"Mysterious Monarch" Greets Visitors

"Mysterious Monarch" Greets Visitors
"Mysterious Monarch" Greets Visitors

The Butterfly House in Winter - enjoyment all year long

The Butterfly House is open all year long. I find it particularly beautiful in the winter when it is covered in snow. In this photo, my granddaughters, Rachel and Ella are posing by the butterfly statue.

Front Garden at the Butterly House - award winning garden area

Entering the Butterfly House

Giant Caterpillar - sculpture by artist Bob Cassilly

"Lopatapillar" a giant 30-foot long caterpillar sculpture greets guest just to the left of the entrance. Children love to climb on the sculpture and it is a great place for a photo opportunity.

Inside the Butterfly House

Butterflies of the World Display - butterflies on a world map

Near the entrance to the butterfly conservatory you will find a glass case showing butterflies around the world. This glass display case allows visitors to view both sides of the butterflies. It is always interesting to see people walk around the case and try to locate butterflies from various areas.

In back of the butterfly case you can see a display of various types of spiders. They are always a hit with young boys and some girls too. Others cling to their parents when they see the spiders. There are posters telling about the different species of insects, spiders and acranods.

Inside the Conservatory

Inside the conservatory at The Butterfly House are winding paths that lead you through lush tropical plants and a pretty waterfall setting. There are benches to stop and enjoy the view and of course there are butterflies everywhere you look!

Anatomy of a Butterfly - sign in conservatory

Butterfly Chair

Butterfly Chair
Butterfly Chair

Tropical Butterflies fill the Butterfly House

butterflies from around the world

The Butterfly House has between 1500 and 2000 butterflies at any given time. There are 60-80 different species of tropical butterflies at the Chesterfield,Mo butterfly house.

All of the butterflies are tropical butterflies and are shipped to The Butterfly House in the chrysalis stage from butterfly farms in tropical places such as Costa Rica and Malaysia.

Birdwing Butterfly

Blue Morpho Butterfly

The blue Morpho butterfly is a common sight at The Butterfly House. They are particularly plentiful during the month of March when March Morpho Mania is celebrated by having a lots of Blue Morpho butterflies.

Butterflies Feeding

Here you see some butterflies feasting on cantaloupe. You might also see butterflies enjoying various melons and bananas.

Great Mormon

Papilio memnon

This striking butterfly is a blue/black color and has a large wing span that can measure up to 135mmm. It is found in South-Asia and belongs to the Swallowtail family.

Paper Kite Feeding

Atlas Moth

largest moth in the world

The Atlas Moth can often be seen in The Butterfly House. It is native to Southeast Asia and the Philippines. This moth is nocturnal so turning the day you may see it perched on a tree such as the one in this photo.

Paper Kite Butterfly on Path - butterflies can gain nutrients from the damp walkways

In this photo you see a butterfly called the Paper Kite. This butterfly is a relative to the Monarch butterflies that are popular in much of the USA.

Butterfly looks like Owl

This butterflies outside wings are camouflaged to look like an owl. This helps to keep predators away.

Volunteer at The Butterfly House

The Butterfly House is always looking for volunteers. It is a wonderful volunteer job. I work one day a week for 3 hours and spend my time greeting guests, and talking about butterflies. Our job is to make sure that everyone who visits the Butterfly House has a good experience. In this photo one of the volunteers is working in the flight house and a PaperKite butterfly lands on her arm.

Back Garden Area

View in Back of Butterfly House - peaceful garden setting

The back of The Butterfly House has a wonderful garden setting that is planted to attract local butterflies. There are paths winding throughout the garden and benches where you can stop to rest. Near the back is a gazebo area. It is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon wondering around the beautiful flowers and watching the butterflies.

There is also an area with a tent cover that can be rented for wedding receptions and parties. What a great place to have a celebration!

Back Garden in the Winter - Snow Covered Garden

We had a beautiful snow at Christmas this year and I took my granddaughters to see The Butterfly House. This photo show Rachel in the back garden.

Purple Cone Flower

Pond in the Back Garden

Flowers to Attract Butterflies

Where is The Butterfly House - Faust Park

The Butterfly House is located in Faust Park about 30 minutes west of downtown St. Louis. Take 1-64/40 west to Clarkson road/Olive boulevard exit. Turn right onto Olive Boulevard. Two miles ahead, Faust park is on the left.

The Butterfly House is located in Faust Park:
15193 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO

get directions

Have you ever been to a butterfly house? - stop by and leave me a note

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      7 years ago

      It must be such fun to volunteer at The Butterfly House! I hope to visit the butterfly house here in the Panhandle of Florida this fall, a couple of hours away but will be worth the drive.

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      8 years ago

      This looks like a wonderful place to visit. Your photographs are gorgeous, as are the butterflies. I love the sculptures in the gardens too.

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      8 years ago

      You butterfly house has to be one of my favorites on Squidoo.

      Wishing you a very good new year. :)

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      Pat Goltz 

      8 years ago

      Our local Botanical Gardens (Tucson) has a tropical greenhouse, and they have tropical butterflies in this greenhouse from October through April. I try to go once a month. I have been doing this for several years. I have also been to two other butterfly houses: one in Phoenix, and one in Boston. I will put this lens in the one I did about tropical butterflies. If I ever get a chance, I will visit your butterfly house.

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      9 years ago

      I really enjoy reading this lens, well done! Squidlike

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      Miter Saw Stand 

      9 years ago

      I have not been here, but my wife and I set up an area in our yard and decided to encourage butterfly's in the area. One thing that means is providing plants for the caterpillars to eat. You have to be ready to offer up some plants as a sacrifice.

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      Joanie Ruppel 

      9 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Your lens transformed me! I felt so relaxed looking at these beautiful creatures. Well done!

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      Kathryn Grace 

      9 years ago from San Francisco

      Not like this one! Wow. Your images are amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the butterfly house, its grounds and occupants. Wonderful lens.

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      9 years ago

      We have a butterfly area at the Tennessee Aquarium. I love to go there and see the beautiful butterflies, especially in winter, as the aquarium staff keeps the environment perfect for butterflies to thrive year-round! Lovely lens!

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      9 years ago

      Dropped by with a sprinkling of Squidoo Angel Dust

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      9 years ago from Midwest, USA

      What a beautiful lens! I'm going to try to visit next time I'm near St. Louis.

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      9 years ago

      Yes I have been to 2 in Florida and 1 in Georgia. I love to photograph them. You have done a great job on this lens. Blessed by a Travel Angel.

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      Anthony Altorenna 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      I really enjoyed your tour of the Butterfly House, and seeing all of the exotic butterflies. The photos are wonderful!

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      9 years ago

      Yes I have been to 2 in Florida and 1 in Georgia. I love to photograph them. You have done a great job on this lens. Blessed by a Travel Angel.

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      10 years ago

      What a wonderful volunteer job you have. We have a Butterfly conservatory here in Niagara on the Lake, Canada, I am going very soon to visit again, been waiting for the summer crowds to leave :)

      I have a photo of a blue butterfly from last time, been trying to figure out what species it is but I don't think it's the Great Mormon, then again maybe it is. Never seen anything as beautiful.

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      10 years ago

      I had to stop by here again so I could lensroll this to my there butterfly pages, and will be getting this featured. I love this lens, its excellent (all your lenses are).

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      Virginia Allain 

      10 years ago from Central Florida

      Blessed and added to The Best Insect Web Pages on Squidoo.

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      10 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Congratulations on the Purple Star and added to my Lensography of Purple Stars :-)

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      10 years ago

      There is also one near me in Durham NC. Is there anything more beautiful than a butterfly?

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      Samantha Lynn 

      10 years ago from Missouri

      I Love the butterfly house...that & the City Museum are my favs.

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      ChrisDay LM 

      10 years ago

      Yes, but not this one - what an amazing place!

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      10 years ago

      I love butterflies, and I do love this lens. This has been fun, enjoyable and unique.

      Great photos once again!

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      10 years ago

      I went to the butterfly house at Callaway Gardens, GA. It was a wonderful experience.

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      Jennifer Sullivan 

      10 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Gorgeous photos! We have a butterfly exhibit at the Nature Museum in Chicago, but its not as big or as neat as this one. Maybe on a road trip I will visit someday!

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      11 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Yes, we have. My daughter has a huge thing about butterflies! Actually, her bedroom looks like a butterfly house - butterfly wallpaper, butterfly decorations, butterfly curtains, butterfly sheets, ... butterfly everything in her room. Anyway, you have taken some very beautiful pictures of butterflies and flowers. Thank you so much for sharing them! :D

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      Sensitive Fern 

      11 years ago

      I've been to this butterfly house! I have an aunt who lives not far away, and I lived in the same area for 3 years. This is a great visual tour of it! Butterfly houses are so magical.

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      11 years ago

      I'm a fan of butterflies. Hypnotize me. I love them. Thanks for this lens.

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      11 years ago

      Wow, this looks like an amazing butterfly house! I love all the gardens and the statues. If I ever get to St. Louis, I will definitely put this on my list of places to see! Excellent photos, too.

      I have been to a butterfly house before. It was a great experience.

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      11 years ago

      Butterflies have been a huge theme for me this summer so I was so excited to come across this lens. What a great place to volunteer and, of course, your photos are stunning!

      Thanks also for visiting and blessing my new lens on Organic Flowers. Very much appreciated.

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      Sherry Venegas 

      11 years ago from La Verne, CA

      It would be very interesting to walk among the butterflies. I like your new batch of photos that came with this lens.

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      11 years ago

      I love watching butterflies, wish we had more in our area. This lens is absolutely gorgeous! - Kathy

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      11 years ago from Massachusetts

      The photos really make this lens. Excellent work.

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      11 years ago from U.S.

      I've been to a couple of butterfly houses -- both were quite a treat! Thanks for lensrolling my monarch migration lens to your butterfly lenses! I'll lensroll this to mine and go look for a few more :-)

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      11 years ago

      Man, I wish I knew about this place previously. I used to go to St. Louis a lot for work and still go a few times a year to visit friends. I will add this to my list next time I head to St. Louis!

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      Virginia Allain 

      11 years ago from Central Florida

      I went to a marvelous one in New Mexico and more recently I loved going to the one at Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, FL and also the one at Disney (Epcot, I think).

      Your photos are a delight!

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      Yvonne L B 

      11 years ago from Covington, LA

      This beautiful butterfly lens has been featured on Senior Squid Animal - Nature Directory 1.

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      11 years ago

      So glad you got a purple star for this lens. I love the butterflies you have captured here. Thanks for adding my "purple star"!

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      11 years ago

      I'm back for a visit. This is one of my favorite lenses. It is just so beautiful and enjoyable. Blessed!

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      11 years ago

      lovely lens - really deserves LOTD

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      11 years ago

      Returned to bless and feature this lovely work of art on Sprinkled with Stardust


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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      11 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      What a beautiful butterfly house, and your beautiful photos make it come alive! I love the sculptures and the butterfly chair too. What a great place to visit.

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      11 years ago

      Beautiful lens, and so interesting, it must be a real treat to volunteer there. If only life could always be so beautiful.

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      11 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Wow ~ your photos are amazing and so beautiful! We have a small butterfly house at a statepark near our house, but it only has displays of local butterflies. One of the science museums in Philly used to have a butterfly section, too, but I'm not sure if it is there any longer. :)

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      11 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congrats on your Purple Star! This lens is lovely and your photos are amazing. What a beautiful Butterfly House and what a lovely spot to volunteer. :)

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      Yvonne L B 

      11 years ago from Covington, LA

      Welcome to Naturally Native Squids. You and this lens have been featured. Don't forget to come back and add it to a plexo.

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      JenniferAkers LM 

      11 years ago

      Congrats on your purple star! It is well deserved - your butterfly house lens is fantastic!! I love butterflies, and your photos are beautiful!

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      11 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star! Just stopping by with my daughter and she loves your lens.

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      Holley Web 

      11 years ago

      Wow! That Atlas moth is unreal! Each wings looks like a snake! hat is just amazing looking! Beautiful lens and well deserved Purple Star!

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      11 years ago

      It's neat to see different butterflies than I see here in Florida. I love the Paper Kite. Those sculptures are amazing.

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      Cynthia Arre 

      11 years ago from Quezon City

      Yes I have, there are butterfly houses/gardens in my little tropical country too but the place you've taken us to on this lens is stunning! What a delightful place to volunteer in. Your photos are breathtaking. Congrats on the well-deserved purple star! *blessed by an angel*

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      clouda9 lm 

      11 years ago

      What a heavenly place to volunteer. The people visiting The Butterfly House are very fortunate to have you as their guide :) Congrats on the purple star.

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      Leanne Chesser 

      11 years ago

      Beautiful butterfly photos! What an incredible place to volunteer!

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      sukkran trichy 

      11 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      what a lovely lens. the photos and the content are very interesting. 5*

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      11 years ago

      No, I have not but I would like to go! Wow! Your lens is awesome. I am lensrolling it to my Butterfly gifts lens and blessing it!

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      11 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! There's a butterfly house at Cypress Gardens (near Charleston, SC) but its nothing like this.

      Thanks for sharing


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      HorseAndPony LM 

      11 years ago

      I love this lens. I have been to a few butterfly houses and have loved everyone. Your images are amazing.

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      11 years ago

      Beautiful images! I like the caterpillar and butterfly sculpture along with the butterfly chair very much. Of course all the butterflies are amazing. 5*

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      11 years ago from United States

      As always, you photography is breathtakingly beautiful! Totally awesome lens!

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      Rhonda Albom 

      11 years ago from New Zealand

      Beautiful lens. Great place to work! Strange coincidence story: My grandmother who was born in St. Louis was Sophie Sachs. (no idea her middle name).

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      11 years ago

      The photos are really amazing, and your zazzle and cafepress products are lovely! 5*****

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      Heather Burns 

      11 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Yes, I've been to 2 butterfly houses...I love them. The lens is spectacular.5*****

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      11 years ago

      Spectacular! I can see why you are so fascinated by butterflies. The Butterfly House is beautiful. Love the caterpillar. :)

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      Carolan Ross 

      11 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      YEP! I've been to the Butterfly House and LOVE it. This lens is absolutely beautiful, very well-formatted and gorgeous photos. 5*s!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      11 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Mary Beth, your photography is absolutely amazing. These ought to be some kind of Award Winners for sure and they look perfect on your Zazzle products. What a great combination: Butterfly House Volunteer and Photographer! Wow!

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      11 years ago

      Beautiful butterflies at the Butterfly House. Great photos. 5*

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      11 years ago

      I visited a Butterfly place in Key West once. We had a wonderful time! What detail! What beauty! What a wonderful place to volunteer!


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