The Magic of Butterflies at the Zoo

Witness beauty and transformation at its best when you visit the Calgary Zoo’s butterflies. Relax, unwind and soak up the humidity as you watch these stunning beauties emerge from their chrysalises – right before your eyes. Once they’re airborne, butterflies gently float between blooming flowers and bask in the sunlight, absorbing the warmth and energy that allows them to take flight. If you’re lucky, one just might land on you for a moment or two – but remember, don’t touch!

Watch a short video with some interesting factoids about our butterflies here.

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Exhibit Details

Come see the butterflies from late spring until the fall. Throughout the year various displays are available for viewing in the conservatory and gardens.

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Bach, Beethoven and Butterflies

Early one spring morning, before the zoo starts buzzing with visitors, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Mélanie Léonard steps inside the ENMAX Conservatory's Garden Gallery, where the air is warm, the humidity is high and the blooms are bright.

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There are between 18,000 and 20,000 butterfly species in the world.

Important Facts

Here's where we call home.

Butterflies are found on every continent – except Antarctica.

At a Glance

Scientific Name



0.003 - 3 g (0.0001 - 0.1 oz.)


Wingspan of 12mm (0.47 in.) to 28 cm (11 in.)


Sunny areas with water, larva host plants and nectar plants


Flower nectar, pollen, juice of rotting fruit, bird droppings, carrion or animal sweat, depending on species

Are you ready to make some new animal friends?

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