This past week I finally made it to the Butterfly Show at Krohn's Conservatory! It's only been open since April 20th, but I've been meaning to go ever since I moved to Cincinnati five years ago. They have the exhibit every year, and I've only heard great things, but still wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I went. The only information I really felt I needed to know was that there were 16,000 butterflies at the conservatory-and that was as much motivation as it took! It was only $7 to get in (it costs less for seniors and kids) and let me tell you, it was well worth it!
When you first walk into the room with all the butterflies, it is incredible. It's almost impossible to take in how many butterflies are in there because there are just so many! The staff is super friendly and they will hand you a little piece of paper to help pick up the butterflies if they will allow it. I didn't even need to paper though, because the butterflies just came and landed on me whenever they felt like it. At one point, I had one on top of my head, one on my shoulder, and another perched on my finger! I wish I had a picture to capture that moment! The one butterfly stayed on my finger for awhile until I eventually had to place him on a flower because I was leaving.
If you enjoy photography at all, it is a great opportunity to capture some amazing creatures! I took so many photos it was really hard to choose which ones to share on here. The conservatory even has special time slots for photographers to come in and take pictures without the general public. I think it was really fun to be there and see everyone interacting with the butterflies. You obviously have to be gentle, but the butterflies will more than likely land on you at some point! I met a gentleman who was just sitting on a bench and had at least six or seven butterflies on his hand. It was so cool!
There were so many different types of butterflies flying around in there, I'm not sure I even got to see all the different types. But they were all beautiful! I really loved the blue ones-they seemed to be the most social-and they were huge butterflies!
But seriously, I highly recommend going and checking the exhibit out before it is gone June 30th! It is great because you can stay for as long as you want-I was there for just over an hour, but I truly lost track of time while I was in there. It's a magical place and is a really fun time for all ages!
How many butterflies can you find in the picture below! These specific butterflies have some really cool defenses: