It’s a project of the Newfoundland Insectarium in Deer Lake, in conjunction with the Bowring Park Foundation. They’ve turned the greenhouse, which is adjacent to the duck pond and park offices, into a Butterfly House for six weeks of the winter/spring.
It’s wonderful. You walk through a warm place, full of flying, colourful, gentle creatures (all are exotic varieties) and can either sit on one of the benches and just watch or wander around taking pictures and looking.
Hours are daily, from 9 to 6, until April 29th. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for kids five and over (BRING CASH – I’m not sure if their plastic machine is up and running yet). Kids four and under are free. Initially, the cost was what kept me away, but having now gone, I’d happily go again and pay again. It was fabulous! Some landed on me. One landed on my camera and another landed on Katherine (although she liked the concept, she wasn’t entirely thrilled with the reality). They swooped and dove and did colourful acrobatics in the sun.
They were also great photo fodder, as you can see below! (Clicking the photo below will take you to the photo set for larger views of individual shots)