Butterfly lands on child in butterfly exhibit

Butterflies n’ Blooms Butterfly Exhibit


Butterflies n’ Blooms has ended. Thanks for visiting! Be sure to visit our “Not-So Itsy Bitsy” Spider House, now open Oct. 1 – 31, 2017.

Experience hundreds of graceful native butterflies sipping nectar from colorful flowers, basking in the sunlight and flying freely as you wander through our new 1000 sq. ft. outdoor flight house located in the Africa Zone across from the bongo exhibit. Free with the Zoo admission May 20 through September 24, weather permitting.

Discover your butterfly IQ.

See if you can identify monarchs, swallowtails and painted ladies from amongst 700 winged beauties representing a dozen native species. Learn about the types of nectar and host plants needed to sustain butterflies throughout their life cycle: from egg to caterpillar to chrysalid to butterfly. If you’re lucky, you’ll have the chance to see a butterfly emerge.

Bring a camera to capture your encounters with these delicate, brilliantly colored creatures. You’ll emerge with a sense of awe and a better understanding of the environment and protections needed for the survival of these beautiful animals —  plus ways to help them thrive in your own backyard.

Flutter Fest – Saturday Sept 23

Our butterfly adventure culminates with the tagging and release of 1,000 Monarch butterflies at Flutter Fest brought to you by Louisville’s Idlewild Butterfly Farm. This coincides with the annual migration of monarch butterflies. Join our photo contest and win an opportunity to help with the release! Click here for details.


  • Painted Ladies
  • American Ladies
  • Mourning Cloaks
  • Commas
  • Question Marks
  • Pipevine Swallowtails
  • Zebra Swallowtails
  • Spicebush Swallowtails
  • Giant Swallowtails
  • Sulphurs
  • Whites
  • Red Admirals
  • Monarchs
  • Viceroys
  • Red Spotted Purple
  • Gulf Fritillary
  • Great Spangled Fritillary