Now extended through January 7th, 2018!

Due to overwhelming demand, the Conservatory’s exhibition Butterflies and Blooms, originally slated to end last June, has been extended through January 7, 2018. Visitors now have several more months to get eye to eye with a butterfly. See a dazzling array of more than 20 species of colorful and familiar North American butterflies including monarchs, Western swallowtails, painted ladies, and more. On some occasions, giant moths, like the impressive cecropia moth, will make an appearance as well.

The Butterfly Bungalow at the entrance of the gallery lets you observe the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. At the Bungalow, see the chrysalises, hardened exoskeletons formed by the caterpillars. You might be lucky enough to catch the moment when one of these transformed and winged beauties emerges.

This process of metamorphosis is just one of the amazing facts visitors can learn more about in the exhibit. Butterflies, for example, taste with their feet, using special receptors to determine whether a particular flower is a good stop for a drink of nectar or a good place to lay their eggs.




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Whether you’re a native San Franciscan, a visitor from another side of the world, or a classroom of budding botanists, the Conservatory of Flowers offers an intimate up-close experience with rare and endangered plants unlike any other. Come see what treasures await you!

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