Butterfly Hobby Gone Wild

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Butterfly Hobby Gone Wild

August 03, 2017 - 09:17

Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, Florida is the brainchild of Ronald Boender. Boender, who grew up in Illinois, always had a fascination with the butterflies he found growing up on his father's farm — butterflies like cabbage whites, black swallowtails and silk moths . So when he moved to Florida after retiring from a successful career as an electrical engineer, he decided to actively pursue his hobby by raising local butterflies and butterfly food plants in small numbers at his home.

When he learned there was a market for farmed butterflies for sale to Universities and Zoos, Boender established MetaScience Co., a commercial butterfly farm, in 1984. MetaScience produced up to 1000 butterfly pupa per week, and established new methods of butterfly rearing still in use today.

Boender knewn of butterfly houses springing up overseas, particularly in the United Kingdom and intrigued by the possibilities, he went to England in 1985 to meet Clive Farrell, the founder and owner of the London Butterfly House.

They became partners in a new venture that became Butterfly World, the first butterfly house in the United States, and the largest in the world.

Opening day was March 28, 1988, with Butterfly World encompassing 3 acres of butterfly aviaries, botanical gardens and a working butterfly farm and research center that Boender had worked years to establish. Since then, it's become home to more than 20,000 live butterflies from every corner of the globe.

At Butterfly World, marvel at hundreds of exotic birds in the 6 freefFlight aviaries, hand-feed the lorikeets, and explore the butterfly museum and Bug Zoo.

There are also waterfalls, botanical gardens, passion vines, and roses to enjoy in this natural habitat.

Butterfly World has been instrumental in saving the endangered Schaus Swallowtail, a species of butterfly that is becoming reestablished in South Florida, and may, one day soon, be taken off of the endangered species list.

Butterfly gardening is not difficult to do and it works for homes, farms, schools and cities throughout the nation.

This is an adventure all the family can enjoy.


Butterfly World is located at Tradewinds Park , 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek,
Florida 33073


Mon-Sat 9am-5pm,
Sun 11am-5pm
(Admission closes at 4pm).

Adults and Seniors $29.95
Children (ages 3-11) $21.95
2 and under are FREE
The Butterfly Flight area and the Lorikeet Encounter close at 4:30pm daily
Closed Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas
No Reservations Required