Butterfly Garden: Encounter over a dozen species of butterflies fluttering through the greenhouse and meadow of this seasonal exhibit. It’s a place to witness the fascinating life-cycle of these brilliantly colored insects, and learn about the birds and fish that share their exhibit.
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Seasonal exhibit Open April–October. Closed November – March. Weather dependent.
Please note – last entry to this exhibit is 30 min prior to park closing.
Included with the Bronx Zoo Admission ticket type. Additional $7 per person with Limited Admission ticket.
Stroller parking is required when visiting this exhibit. Guests must self-park stroller before entering.
Fish and Fowl
The butterflies share their garden with a variety of fish and birds. Be sure to spend a peaceful moment admiring the koi pond!
Entering the Butterfly Garden feels like you are being transported to an enchanted place...It’s like stepping out of the regular world into a magical tropical jungle.”
In the Exhibit
Also known as the American moon moth, the luna moth is part of a group commonly known as giant silk moths. It’s one of the larger moths in North America. The elongated tails of this moth’s hindwings may confuse the echolocation detection used by predatory bats.
This species is named for the mineral malachite, which is similar in color to the bright green on the butterfly's wings. The malachite is common throughout Central and northern South America, and can be found as far north as southern Texas and the tip of Florida.
Zebra longwing adults roost communally at night in large groups for safety from predators. The adult butterflies are unusual in feeding on pollen as well as on nectar; the pollen enables them to synthesize cyanogenic glycosides that make their bodies toxic to potential predators.
More Animals in Butterfly Garden
Your Guide to the Butterfly Garden
Butterfly Garden is home to hundreds of butterflies, as well as other animals. Check out our digital guide to identify and keep track of each one you see during your next zoo visit!
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