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Prepare for takeoff in Chesterfield, Mo.
By Tim Murphy

This month, freelance photographer Tim Murphy of Springfield takes us to The Butterfly House, where visitors can mingle with more than 60 species of butterflies from around the world in an 8,000-square-foot glass conservatory. With thousands of butterflies, there’s always some in flight. Just watch your step and your back, as they do land on the walkway and on visitors.

The Butterfly House, which is 20 minutes west of downtown St. Louis, opened in 1998 and became the first butterfly facility in the world to be granted accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Attractions at the Missouri Botanical Garden facility include aquariums with exotic insects and arachnids. Be on the lookout for cringe-worthy tarantulas and giant cockroaches. There is also a great chance visitors can catch butterflies emerging from chrysalides in The Miracle of Metamorphosis display.

If you decide to go, don’t forget your camera.

Story published Friday, May 7, 2010 ( Volume 5, Number 3 )

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