An Intimate Encounter with Butterflies at Paradizoo Butterfly Garden
Just when I thought I’ve seen it all at Paradizoo Theme Park, we entered a little place that taught me a lot of things about butterflies and made me appreciate this little winged creature more. With the help of the owner and the staff of the Butterfly Garden, me and my partner had a little review of the things we learned during our elementary science class and had the most intimate encounter with this wonderful winged insect.
Upon entering the garden, I was immediately overwhelmed by the number of flying butterflies and their artistically colored wings. The crew later said that it’s more plentiful during other season but for me, it’s the most number of butterflies I have encountered in my whole life yet.
After some time, Sir Arbee, the owner of the Butterfly and Bee Garden approached us and started to share bits of information about Mariposa. He crushed a little flower to attract a butterfly to rest on his finger and encouraged us to do just that. After some time, my boyfriend and I also did the same thing and were very thrilled to have a beautiful butterfly right on our fingertips.
The owner said that there was a belief that you can utter a wish to a butterfly and will deliver it to the great heavens. The promises of love, life, and prosperity of butterflies have brought people to believe in their mystical power to grant a wish. So while the butterfly is busy sipping the juice of the flower on my finger, I uttered a wish then set the butterfly free again. What a pretty sight. 🙂
We also noticed a mating butterfly somewhere inside the garden. The staff said that it took the butterflies 48 hours of being connected with each other for them to finish their intercourse.
After few days, the female butterfly will look for a specific type of plant where she can lay her eggs. These eggs will later turn into caterpillar and will eat all the leaves he could muster until he can reach his desired age and size. He will then cover himself up and go into a hiatus inside a pupa until he’s ready to come out as an adult butterfly.
Once a butterfly was able to lay her eggs, she will later reach the final stage of her life cycle and die with her wings beautifully outstretched. They sometimes frame the dead butterflies and sell it as a souvenir or put it as a display.
Sir Arbee finished a bachelor degree in Entomology and is a bee farmer for almost 30 years. He is now busy teaching and supporting other bee farmers around the country. His passion and knowledge in Butterflies and Bees is really noteworthy, and it’s just amazing how he turns his passion into something that can really bless the world.
Raising and conserving butterflies takes a lot of patience and diligence but through experience and research, the owner of the Butterfly Garden in Paradizoo Theme Farm was able to create a haven for butterflies where kids and kids at heart can enjoy this intimate encounter.
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