The Annual Biology Butterfly Show

butterfliesIt's that time of year again! I'm not talking about the start of football season, or Thanksgiving, or even Fall. I'm talking about the butterfly show! The Annual Biology Butterfly Show at Carleton University is here and is open until October 14th. This is a free event open to the public and is pretty amazing. You get to walk around a greenhouse and admire all the colourful butterflies flitting about. Pick up a piece of fruit and hold it up and you just may have a little guy land on it.

butterfliesThe colours are just incredible.. from dull grey to bright blue and red and green, but the most impressive, in my opinion, is the Owl Butterfly from Costa Rica. When it closes its wings it looks like there's a big eye peering at you.

So grab the kids and your camera and head over to Carleton to catch the show before it's gone. And don't forget to take your picture in front of the huge picture of a Canadian Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. It's a tradition!



  • Don't bring a stroller. It's pretty cramped in the greenhouse.
  • Don't wear a sweater because it's muggy and, if your kids are anything like mine, you might end up carrying one.
  • Wear bright colours to increases your chances of having a butterfly land on you.


By the numbers:

  • 10 - Days the butterfly show is open (October 5th - October 14)
  • 9am - 4pm - Time you can go
  • 1300 - Number of butterflies
  • 41 - Species from around the world
  • $0 - Cost of admission!

2-3Have you been to check out the butterflies? What was your favourite?