Wings Wednesdays

Filed under: Fort Fisher by fortfisher on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

NCAFF_Wings_ButterflyBungalowFlap, flutter or fly down to the new Butterfly Bungalow at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher and don’t forget your wings. Experience the wonder of hundreds of free-flying exotic butterflies of various species. Every Wednesday in May, visitors wearing their own set of wings gain free admission to the butterfly house.

In addition, visitors can join in the Butterfly Brigade Parade at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. A marching celebration of pollinators winds from the Aquarium’s outdoor plaza to the Butterfly Bungalow.

The Butterfly Bungalow and gardens begins at a pupa house where visitors view the chrysalis stage of the insects’ life cycle, when the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly occurs. Inside the Butterfly Bungalow, a greenhouse-like enclosure, butterflies fly free and land on tropical plants and, occasionally, on visitors’ heads, arms and noses. Species inside the enclosure will vary but visitors may see vibrant blue morphos (Morpho peleides) native to Latin America, emerald swallowtails (Papilio palinurus) or red lacewings (Cethosia biblis), both found in Asia, among many others.

Butterfly Bungalow is a temporary exhibit open through September 2014. Daily tickets for the exhibit are $3; free for those wearing wings on Wednesdays  May 7, 14, 21, 28. General Aquarium admission is additional.