Infographic: The Butterfly Effect

Have you ever wondered how important butterflies are to the earth? At Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion, we’re home to hundreds of beautiful butterflies and other exotic and rare insects. In this infographic, you’ll see how important butterflies are to the planet earth. Here is The Butterfly Effect!

Now you know how butterflies bring beauty, help scientific research, aid education, and help the environment. To learn more about butterflies and other insects, contact us at Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion today!

Adaptation at Its Finest: New Leaf-Tailed Gecko at the Insectarium

Uroplatus, the greek word for “flat tailed”.


Are we all just a product of our environment? Well, this animal certainly is. The Leaf-Tailed Gecko is a nocturnal, tree-dwelling lizard from the forests of Madagascar, and is an expert in the art of camouflage.


As an arboreal lizard, it will spend most of its time camouflaging with the trees. It’s color and texture is nearly identical to that of the tree bark found in its natural habitat, allowing it to turn virtually invisible to larger, hungrier animals. The color of its skin will even change to match the bark.


For a moment I thought this was just a well-photographed log.


It also has flaps of skin running the length of its body so it can completely flatten against the bark. 

What an amazing animal!


But imagine if there were no trees or logs around for the Leaf-Tailed Gecko.  Things would get pretty weird since its existence has been shaped around looking almost exactly like the bark found in its environment. So, it is literally a product of its environment, but how much of our own lives is shaped by our surroundings?  Like all living things, you adapt to what’s in your environment. Then over time, your identity as a person is sculpted around it. You could even say that you’re half you, and half your environment, both of which are constantly changing. So, look around your environment and you might see a glimpse of your future self! You know what I mean?


Anyway! We’re excited for you to meet our Leaf-Tailed Gecko in person and take lots of pictures. Thank you all for your support. We hope to see you soon!


If you’re thinking about adopting one as a pet…

They can actually live 10 years in captivity.

A full grown adult can be 10 to 12 inches in length.

Give them a lush, foresty environment to help them feel safe.

They love to eat crickets and cockroaches!


Butterfly Pavilion Grand Opening and 3D Model Interactive Touchscreen


Hello again! ツ


We’re finally open!!! It’s been nearly a year of construction and the Butterfly pavilion is finally open to the public. Now our culminated efforts are to ready to be shared and experienced. However, we’re not quite finished. We still have a lot of evolving to do and have some new displays and exhibits opening, like one of the world’s largest ferrofluid fountains. Google it! They’re amazing! We also have some new special events lined up for Spring and Summer. Do you like yoga? How about rain forests? Would you like to do yoga in a man-made rain forest-like environment? This will be something you can do at the Butterfly Pavilion this Spring.



Thank you to everyone who attended the grand opening! It was a great success thanks to you. ツ
We hope to see you this weekend or sometime in the future.





Our interactive touch screen display in the Butterfly Pavilion is up and running. It still needs some tinkering, but right now you are able to view and manipulate 3D models of a Blue Morpho and Monarch butterfly. The 3D models were created using real butterflies, so each model is 100% anatomically correct.


Here is Tenzin, our first guest to use the touch screen!
Yesterday was also his birthday! We hope you had a good one, Tenzin!


Tuesday’s Open House at the Philadelphia Butterfly Pavilion

Thank you to everyone who could make it to last night’s open house for the Philly Butterfly Pavilion! We hope you all enjoyed everything we’ve been working on for the past 10 months.

We’re already getting rave reviews, but it’s not 100% yet. There are still a few exhibits under construction that will be ready at the public grand opening this Friday, 2/24/2017. Besides that, the butterflies are fluttering and happy to have company from us human beings.


Come be a part of the grand opening this Friday and remember to wear something vibrant. The butterflies will perceive you as a flower and you’ll be sure to have a few land on you. ッ Be sure to check yourself on the way out!

Here are some moments from the open house.


Philly Butterfly Pavilion Grand Opening Feb. 24

Come celebrate the grand opening of the Philly Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion!

Butterflies and live music will fill the air as you stroll through our tropical garden. Refreshments & food are available for purchase.

Regular admission pricing below:
General Admission — $16
Seniors, Students, Police, Fire, & Military (with ID) – $14