Enjoy species native to New Mexico, and later in the summer, looks for colorful tropical species. On opening weekend, visitors might find monarchs, zebra longwings, great southern whites, Julias, common buckeyes, and spice bush butterflies. As the weather warms, blue morphos, paper kites and giant owl butterflies and Mexican blue wings will begin to emerge. Don't miss the chrysalises hanging in the hatching window and special insect and arachnid displays.
"As the temperatures rise, cold-blooded animals like butterflies and other insects become active again. Early in the season, on cold days, butterflies in the exhibit will be less active than on warmer days," says Ralph Charlton, Curator of Invertebrates. "No matter the temperature, the Butterfly Pavilion offers guests an unforgettable experience walking among 500-some butterflies and seeing other amazing arthropods like caterpillars, tarantulas, grasshoppers and millipedes."
Butterflies are some of the important animals that pollinate flowers. Nearly 90 percent of flowering plants depend on animals for pollination to produce their seeds and fruit. Learn more about New Mexico's pollinators at the Botanic Garden's Pollinator Celebration in June.
The PNM Butterfly Pavilion is included with regular admission.
The ABQ BioPark is an accessible facility and a division of the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. We are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and a member of the American Public Gardens Association. For more information, visit www.abqbiopark.com or call 311 locally or 505-768-2000 (Relay NM or 711).