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2018 Monarch Tagging

Posted on September 24th, 2018
What a gorgeous day to go tagging!  We went on an impromptu expedition around the island to catch and tag Monarch butterflies.  The Monarch Butterflies have been visiting the island by the thousands for the last few weeks, they are just beginning their migration to Mexico. Overall, it takes them roughly 8… Read More

Monarchs on Mackinac

Posted on September 5th, 2018
The Monarchs have begun their Migration and are choosing Mackinac Island to wait out the weather.  For the last few weeks, all you can see while riding your bike around the island are hundreds upon hundreds of Monarch butterflies. The migration has started and they are coming to the island in droves. This year, iRead More

Insects that farm?

Posted on August 2nd, 2018
To most, the aphid is an irritating pest, but there is much more going on than meets the eye. As you all know, in the butterfly house all of our plants are pesticide free, therefore we have a MAJOR aphid infestation that we battle every year. While fighting the good fight, we have witnessed some of the amazing habits and re… Read More

Falcore met Tom Izzo and Steve Mariucci today!

Posted on June 14th, 2018
What an incredible day! We had a surprise visit from Tom Izzo and Steve Mariucci!  As a predominately Spartan staff, we naturally LOVE Tom Izzo so when he popped in today for a visit we were all thrilled! It was a blast walking through the butterfly house with the Izzo and Mariucci families. They had a blast and so di… Read More

New and Improved!

Posted on June 14th, 2018
We have fun new exhibits and more critters than ever before!  Super exciting news! We have acquired the two heaviest insect species in the world! The Goliath Beetle, native to Africa, is one of the largest and heaviest insects on Earth! Coming in second, the Jungle Nymph is the second heaviest insect in the world… Read More

Yoga: Flow with the Butterflies

Posted on May 3rd, 2018
Introducing Yoga: Flow with the Butterflies, breathe deep and enjoy the tranquility of the garden. We are now holding Yoga Sessions in the Butterfly House! The classes are a gentle, beginners Vinyasa yoga. Due to the intimate setting, classes will cater to the needs of the participants and will vary slightly each se… Read More

Opening Day

Posted on May 2nd, 2018
We are officially open for the 2018 season!  This has been a long and cold winter, while hibernating, we have been planning on an expansion! We have added three new exhibits, and have a wider variety of critters!  Our bees are still alive and doing great! They are not on the island yet, we have them in Traverse… Read More

Traveling to the Monarch Preserves in Mexico — Part 2

Posted on February 24th, 2018
Our second adventure was to the Sierra Chincua monarch sanctuary. Sierra Chincua Monarch Santuary is located even at an even higher elevation than El Rosario. Folks, if you make this trip, make sure to give yourselves time to acclimate, altitude sickness is no joke, let me tell you!  The hike to the monarchs was… Read More

Traveling to the Monarch Preserves in Mexico — Part 1

Posted on February 21st, 2018
Visiting the El Rosario Sanctuary was by far the most magical experience I’ve ever had. In early February, I flew to Mexico in order to witness and learn all about the miraculous Monarch Migration. The monarchs fly all the way from Canada and the Northern United States (roughly 2,500 miles!!) to forests in the s… Read More

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Posted on November 24th, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving from the Butterfly House to you! We hope everyone had a magnificent holiday!  We are extremely thankful for all of you! We are thankful for all of our guests’ insatiable quest for knowledge and for your love of nature. We are thankful for all of our lovely critters and their unique and go… Read More

The Discovery of The Vampire Moth

Posted on October 31st, 2017
Like something out of a horror movie, a moth that sucks and drinks the blood of it’s victims In 2008, Vampire moths were discovered in Siberia. The moth, when being studied by an entomologist, was experimentally offered a human hand. The moth drilled it’s tongue through the skin and started drink… Read More

Butterfly of the Week – The Blue Morpho

Posted on August 20th, 2017
The Blue Morpho is definitely the fan favorite, it’s stunning  iridescent wings are sure to catch your attention. The Blue Morpho is not only gorgeous but it has also been extremely helpful in preventing counterfeiting when it comes to the US Dollar.  First, a brief run-down of the Morpho life cycl… Read More