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Butterfly House

Shippee Family Eye Care Butterfly House


We released the butterflies on September 8, 2020.

They'll be back next summer for another season of color and movement.

Immerse yourself in color and the gentle movements of tiny wings. This vibrant space is home to a selection of butterflies and moths that are native to northern New England, including Monarchs, Eastern Swallowtails, Red Admirals, Painted Ladies, and more. We nurture them from eggs through all stages, so you can see pupae and cocoons, as well as mature specimens.

We've also assembled a garden of plants that host these pollinators in every stage of life. These include host plants for eggs and caterpillars as well as nectar producing flowers for butterflies to feed. You'll discover plants to attract pollinators to your garden in many shapes and colors.

Our Butterfly House creates an environment for these delicate creatures to thrive and reproduce so you can observe every stage of their life cycle during the summer. In the fall, when the colder air approaches, we carefully take in any eggs and release the remaining butterflies. Monarchs migrate many thousands of miles to overwinter in warmer climates. 

Spicebush SwallowtailMonarchMonarch

     Red Admiral pupalEastern Black Swallowtail pupae 

        Black Swallowtail       

Second Instar of a black swallowtail​