“If the trend continues, visitors to the Day Butterfly Center will witness the largest display of Blue Morphos on the planet during September,” said Michael Buckman, manager of the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center. “This is our fourth year filling the Center with Blue Morphos. Several times I’ve been told that we had wiped out all of the world’s suppliers of Blue Morphos. I knew then we were doing something very special.”
The Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides) is a spectacular iridescent blue butterfly native to the rainforests of South and Central America. The undersides of the wings are brown with eyespots but the contrasting upper sides could be considered the most brilliant, vivid blue that nature has to offer. This iridescent color actually results from microscopic scales on the back of their wings reflecting light, giving the brilliant shimmering blue appearance.
This tropical butterfly is usually a forest dweller but will venture into sunny areas occasionally.
As one of the largest butterflies, with a wingspan of five to eight inches, the Blue Morpho makes a beautiful subject for photos and video. And, because they feed on the juices of rotting fruit, they are usually easy to locate at the fruit feeders in the Day Butterfly Center. The best time to photograph butterflies at the Center is on sunny days before noon or after 3 p.m. as they are least active at these times.
General admission is $18 per adult (ages 13-64); $15 per senior (65+); $9 per child (ages 6-12); and free for children 5 and younger (admission prices include tax). Annual Passholders, with their pass, and military, with active and retired identification, can enter the Gardens with up to five guests in the same vehicle for free per day. This price includes access to Callaway Gardens and its many attractions and activities. Special Event admission* will apply September 1-2, 2012, for the 14th annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival. The Day Butterfly Center is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Take a break and enjoy the Day Butterfly Center and the many other attractions of Callaway Gardens. Ask for the special Blue Morpho Overnight Package, available September 3-30, 2012, that includes lodging, breakfast, a special gift from the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, use of the Mountain Creek Inn Fitness Center and admission to Callaway Gardens and its many attractions for each day of stay and day of departure.
For more information or to make a reservation, call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) or visit www.callawaygardens.com.
Callaway Gardens®, is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.
*Special Event admission will apply September 1-2 for the 14th Annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival, which is $25 per adult (ages 13-64); $20 per senior (65+); $12.50 per child (ages 6-12); and free for children five and younger (admission prices include tax). Annual Passholders, with their pass, and military, with active and retired identification, can enter the Gardens with up to five guests per day in the same vehicle for free on Friday and before 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. After 9 a.m. each day, these two groups can enter for half-off their Special Event admission. This price includes access to Callaway Gardens and its many attractions and activities. As an incentive to witness the morning launches, admission at the U.S. Hwy. 27 Beach gate will be half-price from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
About Callaway Gardens
For 60 years, Callaway Gardens has provided “a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world” for millions of visitors. Owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Callaway Gardens includes a garden, resort, preserve and residential community on thousands of acres in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Highlights include a butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, discovery center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails and special events throughout the year.
In addition, Callaway Gardens offers nearly 80,000 square feet of meeting space, 685 guest rooms, restaurants, shops, golf, tennis, fishing and more.
Five unique, close-knit residential communities — with custom home sites, lakefront properties and cottages on the golf course — offer an ideal home away from home or full-time residence.
Callaway Gardens is home to a 4,610-acre forest preserve which is under conservation easement. This conserved, sustainably-