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Help! It’s February and there’s a butterfly in my house!

In News by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

This time of year we get frantic calls from the public: "There's a butterfly in my house! How did it get here?! What do I do with it?!" Some species of butterfly overwinter in the chrysalis stage, and often the chrysalis has somehow made its way inside - perhaps on a plant that's been brought in for the winter or ...
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What’s the buzz? How Insects Communicate

In News by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Because of their unique anatomies, insects communicate in very different ways than humans. In contrast to humans,  insects rarely rely on sight to communicate. Insects are particularly reliant on smell and taste and are attuned to the fine chemical differences in their environment. Also, they often sense sounds and vibrations that we humans cannot. Why do insects need to communicate, ...
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A Place for Celebrations

In News by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

The Conservatory is truly a special place. When we look back on the year and see the number of events and celebrations we’ve been chosen to host we are truly humbled and reminded how lucky we are to have such an amazing space to share with the community. From engagements to baby showers to celebrations of life, the Conservatory is ...
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Moments Make the Best Gifts

In News by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

December is here and for a lot of us, that means holiday shopping! It's no secret that experiential gifts are topping a lot of lists this holiday season, most people are thrilled to get the chance to do or see a really neat thing. It's also no secret that we think that a tropical paradise in the heart of Waterloo ...
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4 Reasons to Visit the Conservatory in Wintertime

In News by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

1. Come warm up here! The weather outside is frightful, and our entire facility is indoors! The Conservatory temperature ranges from 24°C (75°F) to 28 ºC (82°F) with high humidity. We have the perfect mini tropical getaway - make sure you dress in layers. 2. Attend a Storytime Every weekday at 11:00am our Nature Interpreters lead a story time activity ...
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Calling young scientists: A contest all about the physics of flying insects!

In News by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

A passion for learning is something we love and encourage here at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, so when the esteemed Professor Orbax from the Physics Department at the University of Guelph reached out to us to collaborate on a contest we didn't hesitate to jump on board. Orbax and Pepper do Science Professor Orbax and his long suffering lab assistant Sweet ...
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4 Reasons Why You Should Attend our Wedding Open House

In News, Weddings and Events by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

We're having a Wedding Open House on Wednesday, October 16 from 6:30-8:00pm, and below are 4 reasons why you should come! (No RSVP required!) 1. Explore our Unique Venue While we invite couples to make an appointment with our Wedding Experts on any given day, this is the best opportunity to see the space brought to life for an actual ...
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Monarch Tagging Weekend

In News by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Summer is coming to a close, and that means that the Monarch butterflies are beginning their 5000 km journey south to overwinter in Mexico. Most adult Monarch butterflies that you see in the summer only live 2-5 weeks, but the migratory generation (those that emerge from their chrysalides in late August and early September) lives an exceptional 6-8 months. A ...
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What is pollination?

In Conservatory, News by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Stories about the decline and disappearance of pollinators are abundant in the news worldwide and there's no doubt that these stories are spurring action in our communities. But what exactly is pollination, who are the pollinators, and why are they important? What is pollination? Pollination is the act of pollen being moved from the anther of a flower to the ...
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Decline of the American Bumble Bee

In News by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Perhaps you’ve seen some articles on social media talking about a worrisome phenomenon that scientists are calling the “Insect Apocalypse”. Researchers are starting to put concrete numbers to the startling decline of major insect populations around the world, and the numbers are scary. One of the insect groups on decline is one that’s probably the most familiar and recognizable to ...