Homosassa Butterfly Experience

July 2012

One of the many wonderful stops while in the Homosassa area is Butterfly gardens and exhibit at Homosassa Butterfly. Located just off  19/98 on Cardinal Street you will find a wonderful place for the whole family to experience!  The price is right (under $10 for adults) and for a short time you can even find a discount coupon from website!

Homosassa Butterfly

Homosassa Butterfly

You really cannot drive past the building – location lettering is in bright red across the front of the location and beautifully painted butterflies. there is ample parking and no stairs. Inside you will find the staff incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. I highly suggest taking a few minutes and watching the short introductory movie in their very comfortable theater! This is a great way to prepare for all you will learn walking around the exhibit.

Living Butterfly Exhibit

Living Butterfly Exhibit

I waited for the tour after the movie (a whole 5 minutes) and it really was worth it! I would never have spotted on my own all the butterflies, eggs, and caterpillars.  Our guide opened the displays and even let the children in the group get close up views of  caterpillars soon to become butterflies. the almost invisible to the naked eye eggs were a treat to see and now I know how to find them in the wild!

Learning about Butterflies

Learning about Butterflies

Your guide will talk to you about plants the butterflies feed on (Did you know they taste through their feet?) and which plants they lay their eggs on so the baby caterpillars have a plentiful food source when they hatch. The will even tell you about the number one enemy of the eggs, ants!

Caterpillar

There are beautiful murals all over the walls and 3D sculptures all around as well. Take your time , there is so much to learn and the air conditioning feels wonderful in the summer! When you have had your fill learning about the butterflies, step into the garden. There are double sets of doors here to keep them from getting loose. You will find many variety of them here, in a wide variety of colors.

Looking for Butterflies

Looking for Butterflies

The flowers were just beautiful when we visited and there were eggs on many of the leaves. There is a nice little bridge the young  girls loved standing on and posing for photos with the butterflies on neighboring flowers. The garden is beautiful and full of native food for the butterflies.

Monarch Butterfly

Where you learn to crawl before you fly….

After exploring the gardens don’t forget to visit the little gift shop before you leave! Plant to spend 1 1/2 to 2 hours for this visit so that you really get to take in the full experience. This is a very special place and there are many educational opportunities that can follow a visit here. With our ever shrinking population on pollinators we need to know how to identify and protect all that we can!

Happy Trails!

Jeanene

To see more of our photos from this trip please visit: http://notaclueadventuresphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/854

Participate in a volunteer butterfly count the last Friday of every month March – October at Chinsegut Conservation Center near Brooksville.

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Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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2 Responses to Homosassa Butterfly Experience

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