They flutter. They fly. They sip. They light for a second or few on you hat. Or shoulder.
Within the confines of the topical climate Butterfly House all of the above can happen within a minute or two.
It’s enchanting from the moment you step on the path between lush plants.
Some are excellent in the art of camouflage. Clinging to a tree trunk, the dull, brown side of their wings exposed, they appear as a leaf at first glance. A nice trick in the wild where hungry predators lurk.
Others remind a person of flying flowers. They skim through the air in flashes of blue, or orange, or yellow. Speed and agility are in their favor to live long enough to mate and find a proper place to lay eggs.
In St. Louis it is located in a suburban park and charges an admission fee.