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Butterfly Forest
Butterfly Forest
Butterfly Forest
Butterfly Forest
Butterfly Forest

Marvel as colorful butterflies break free of their chrysalises to soar and glide among the blooms.

Like flowers that fly, butterflies bring color and motion to the beautiful glasshouse environs of our Stove Room. A family favorite, Butterfly Forest enchants visitors of all ages while showcasing the delicate life cycle of some of nature’s most important pollinators and their favorite aromatic blooms.

Look out for yellow and black striped zebra longwings, orange and black western Pennsylvania monarchs and many other species as you explore the garden. If you're lucky, one of these beauties might even land on your shoulder!

Species to Watch For:

  • black swallowtail
  • buckeye
  • cloudless sulphur
  • Florida malachite
  • great southern white
  • Gulf fritillary
  • Julia longwing
  • monarch
  • orange barred sulphur
  • painted lady
  • pipevine swallowtail
  • Polydamas swallowtail
  • queen
  • question mark
  • red admiral
  • red-spotted purple
  • southern white
  • spicebush swallowtail
  • tiger swallowtail
  • white peacock
  • zebra longwing

Experimental Sound Synthesis

This year's Butterfly Forest features a soundtrack created by Carnegie Mellon University students enrolled in Experimental Sound Synthesis. A class exploring sound design, experimental music and sound art. The installation uses micro-computers and custom software to generate a sonic environment that constantly evolves. Visit the project website to learn more, and listen to some samples below:

Photos © Paul g. Wiegman

More Events You’ll Enjoy

  • Green Market at Phipps

    Wednesdays Starting June 7; 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.

    Refresh your lifestyle! Visit our front lawn to browse a colorful cornucopia of organic and sustainable goods from local vendors.
  • Biophilia: Pittsburgh

    Thurs., June 1; 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments and networking)

    Biophilia: Pittsburgh meets monthly to discuss how citizens can strengthen the bond between people and nature through education and action. Registration is required but events are free to attend. Join the conversation!
  • Discovery Programs

    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Plus Additional Days As Available

    Join us for one of our weekly scheduled Discovery Programs to engage our youngest visitors with the wonders of the natural world. All programs are free with admission and require no advance registration.