Blue Morpho



10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 12-April 3, 2016


Thank you to everyone who came to see magnificent Blue Morpho butterflies and Paper Kite butterflies fluttering about Powell Gardens' conservatory this spring! Out of the Blue closed on April 3. Join us for the 20th Annual Festival of Butterflies on August 5-7 and 12-14, 2016!

About the Butterflies

Paper Kite butterfly on display inside Powell Gardens' Spring Butterfly Exhibit, open March 12-April 3, 2016. Photo by Breanne Wasinger.

Paper Kite butterfly photo by Breanne Wasinger

Best known for their sparkling iridescent blue wings and flashy flight patterns, the Blue Morphos come from El Bosque Nuevo, a Costa Rican butterfly farm that uses 100 percent of its proceeds for reforestation, rainforest conservation and research. The Paper Kites, which are native to Southeast Asia, are related to Monarchs. 

The rainforest theme in the conservatory lends itself to a full display of tropical plants in Powell Gardens’ collection—which includes orchids, epiphytes and more.

Photography Day, March 15

On this day only, photographers who pay a $5 photography fee may use tripods or monopods in the conservatory. The conservatory will be open for photographers only from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the conservatory will be open both to the public and photographers. 

Spring Butterfly Exhibit Sponsors

Thank you to following organizations for sponsoring the 2016 Spring Butterfly Exhibit: 

  • Martha Jane Phillips Starr Field of Interest Fund
  • J.B. Reynolds Foundation
  • John C. Griswold Foundation 

Mark Your Calendars for the Festival of Butterflies! 

Powell Gardens' 20th Annual Festival of Butterflies takes place August 5-7 and 12-14, 2016. Don't miss it! 



Plan Your Visit

Take a closer look at the science behind these mystical butterflies and learn more about their critical role in conservation during special activities throughout the exhibit. Daily, you’ll find information about Blue Morpho and Paper Kite butterflies, a live Monarch display courtesy of Monarch Watch and ways you can help protect this butterfly, and the Minteer Butterfly Collection, which is a lifelong collection of local butterflies as well as species from all over the world. See the Minteer Butterfly Collection inside the community room. 

Special weekend events include:

March 12-13: Secrets of the Rainforest

From food and medicine to fresh water and the air we breathe, discover how rainforests affect our lives and the health of the entire planet. Sample rainforest-inspired treats, including ant-balsamic vinegar, cricket-flour cookies and more. Check out the creature feature to learn how the birdeater tarantula and tropical cockroaches are essential to the rainforest ecosystem. Tastings and creature feature are open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. 


Join us for storytime with Janet West at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on March 12 and 13. 

March 19-20: Lessons from Nature  

Find out how the tiniest insect can lead humans to big discoveries. At the creature feature, open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. each day, meet a pair of geckos (named Harry and Lloyd) and see how their feet inspired the invention of a fastener that is quicker than a zipper! 


Join us for storytime with Janet West at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on March 19 and 20. 

Kansas City Kite Club

See some incredibly huge and beautiful kites soaring over the Gardens on March 19 only! Wind permitting, kites will be flying at around noon. Check our Facebook page for photos. 

March 26-27: Local Flying Flowers

Get expert advice on attracting butterflies to your garden from Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners. And don't miss the creature feature where you will see live Monarch butterflies and learn how you can help them thrive.    

April 2-3: Surviving in the Rainforest 

Explore some of the incredible plant and animal survival traits, such as camouflage and pheromones, found in the Amazon. This weekend's creature feature, open 2-4 p.m. each day, is a trio of yellow-banded dart frogs! 

Food and Drink 

Café Thyme is serving lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. daily throughout the Spring Butterfly Exhibit. The cafe has a children's menu and offers a variety of selections (wraps, salads and soups) for less than $10. Learn more about Café Thyme. 


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