Butterflies add a touch of color to the world, even on the darkest days.
Fluttering around, they paint the sky with their wings representing every color of the rainbow. Unfortunately, you might not get to see one everyday where you live. You can change that by visiting the butterfly garden in St. John, home to more than 1,000 butterflies.
Founded by biologist Tony Cox and his wife, Lori in 2007, the farm closed in 2010 to the dissapointment of many people. Fortunately, it reopened about a year later.
Although butterflies are known for their resplendent beauty, they aren't born that way. On the farm’s 25-minute guided tour, visitors will learn about the metamorphosis of the beloved insect. From their beginnings as a crawling caterpillar, it’s stunning how spectacularly they turn out. Their growth rate is also a bit of a shock: it only takes two weeks to turn into a butterfly.
Similar to a snowflake, no two butterflies are the same. Unique patterns of colors and shapes adorn each one. Sitting atop a leaf or tree branch, the wings brighten any green leaf or brown branch. Although it may not look like it, they aren’t sitting idly; instead, they are pollinating plants. Butterflies are also helpful as indicators of weather and environmental conditions.
Within the 10,000 square-foot, mesh-enclosed garden, you will see species from every continent. The best time to see a flood of glowing colors and feel wings flapping fast around your head is in the morning when the newly-hatched butterflies take flight. The afternoon is a prime time for photographers because sluggish butterflies make it easy to snap a picture.
Then again, visitors are bound to get a colorful show regardless of when they walk through the garden.