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BUTTERFLY WORLD FAQ
What is the Best Time of Year to Visit?
- Butterfly World has thousands of live butterflies and hundreds of birds in the display at all times. There are no “bad” times of year!
What is there to see at Butterfly World?
- Please visit our Gallery section and take a Virtual Tour!
How much time should we allow for a Visit?
- We recommend at least two to three hours to take a leisurely walk through the park, but many stay all day.
BW Gift Shop and Garden Center
- Open to the public, 7 days a week.
- The BW Shop houses an amazing collection of Butterfly, Hummingbird and Nature related decor gifts, jewelry, clothing, books, and so much more, for all ages! Many items are one of a kind and produced only for the BW Shop. Our Garden Center is extensive, with the largest selection of butterfly gardening plants in the region, as well as all the out door decorative items needed to turn your backyard into your own “butterfly world”.
Food and Beverage
- No food may be brought inside of Butterfly World. No beverages with the exception of water, and/or any liquids necessary for the feeding of infants, may be brought into the aviaries. There are two outdoor cafes with snacks, beverages, ice cream and lunch items. Picnic areas are available just outside in Tradewinds Park.
Can I Upgrade my day pass to an Annual Pass?
- You may upgrade, (i.e. Pay the difference between your day pass charge and an annual pass) only on the day that you purchased your tickets. Beyond this date, the full Annual Pass fee would be charged.
Personal Photography / Video
- Guests are welcome to take photographs and video for their own personal use. Because of copyright in regard to original art and photography for sale, there is no photography/videography of any kind (including cell phones) allowed in the BW Shop.
- Neither tripods nor monopods are permitted in any part of the facility.
Commercial Photography / Video
- All photography and/or videography intended for professional use must be approved through Butterfly World. Please contact the Marketing Department at 954-977-4434 or send an email request to email@example.com to discuss the use and availability.
- All media sessions must be approved through the Butterfly World. This includes any content intended for print, radio, television or film. Please contact the Marketing Department at 954-977-4434 or send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs and make arrangements.
Wheelchairs for Rent
- Butterfly World is 100% wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available for rent at the price of $5.00 + tax for up to two hours. Wheelchair availability is limited.
Where is Tradewinds Park?
- Tradewinds Park is a Broward County Park in Coconut Creek, Florida located on Sample Road. Butterfly World is located within the South side of Tradewinds Park and is a separate private facility. For information about, or to Rent a Pavilion at Tradewinds Park please call 954-357-8870 or visit The Broward County Parks Website.
Butterfly Releases/Pupae for Purchase
- Butterfly World does not sell Butterflies for releases. In the BW Shop, there are native pupae for sale almost every day. If you would like to purchase a large quantity of these, or request certain species, please call 954-977-4434 in advance. Please note we cannot guarantee that the pupa will emerge at a certain time.
- Where to Buy Butterflies for Release?
- Butterfly World does not have facilities for Weddings, Receptions or Special Events. Visit http://www.sunny.org/weddings/ to find spectacular venues in our local area.
Rain Check Policy
- In the event of extended inclement weather, we will issue a rain check at our discretion. Rain checks will expire two years after visit date. Rain checks will not be replaced if they are lost.
FAQ’s ABOUT BUTTERFLIES
How long does a butterfly live?
- The average life span of a butterfly in the aviary is about fourteen days. This compares to about seven days in the wild. However, some species like the Zebra can live for up to ten months, and species which vary their nectar diet to include such things as rotting fruit, pollen, dung and even carrion, can live even longer.
How many butterflies are in the aviary?
- We keep 20,000 butterflies on display. However, there are often far more. Because we are located in South Florida, this number remains unaffected by seasonal changes.
How many species are there to see?
- At any time, up to fifty species can be seen, and over 150 different species over the course of one year.
- At any time, several thousand butterflies representing up to fifty species can be seen flying in the aviaries.
What are the differences between a butterfly and a moth?
- Butterflies and moths are very similar. However, basic differences exist. These are:
- Butterflies generally rest with their wings folded, above the body, perpendicular to the ground. Moths usually rest with their wings folded along their body.
- Most butterflies have antennae which are clubbed at the end, whereas the antennae of the moth are pointed or feathered.
- Butterflies are solar-powered day flying creatures. Although some moths are also daytime flyers, the majority fly at night.
- Butterfly caterpillars are extremely fussy about which plant they feed on. Moth caterpillars will generally eat a variety of plants.
Pupa, Chrysalis or Cocoon?
- The words pupa and chrysalis have the same meaning; “pupa” has its origins in Latin while “chrysalis” is a Greek word. A cocoon is the silk casing a silk moth caterpillar spins before it turns into a pupa or chrysalis.
What do butterflies do in the winter?
- Most of the butterflies at Butterfly World are tropical species, and in our nearly tropical environment, never have to cope with winter. Non-tropical butterflies have to spend several months of the year in “hibernation” at different stages of their life cycle depending on their species.