Cape Cod's Nature Place

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

The Butterfly House & Pollinator Path

Saturday, June 1st -  Sunday, September 1st

Butterfly House is Free with Museum Admission

Butterfly Feeding costs $6. Reservations are required. 

From June 1st until September 1st, 2019 you will be able to feed an adult butterfly by holding a small sponge brush with juice on it. Watch the butterfly up close as it drinks from the sponge. What a great photo opportunity! Call 508-896-3867 x133 to make resevations. 

Feeding times:

Throughout history, butterflies have captivated the imagination of artists, philosophers, scientists and schoolchildren with their mystery and beauty. In addition, butterflies are very important pollinators, not only to flowers but also to the food web including caterpillars which provide food to birds, spiders, chipmunks, ants and more. In our Butterfly House you will see Monarch and Painted Lady butterflies flying about and watch caterpillars go through the different stages of a butterfly life cycle. You may even be there at the moment a butterfly emerges from its chrysalis to join other adults in flight throughout the Butterfly House. Enjoy the magic that has drawn people since butterflies first took flight.

Walk through the Pollinator Path gardens to view the plants that attract the precious pollinators. Get a closer look at some of the plants that pollinators use. You may see tiny green Sweat Bees, Bumble and Honey Bees, Long Horned and Soldier Beetles or even Hover Flies. Don’t forget Hummingbirds and Swallowtail butterflies. In 2016, we attracted 18 new pollinators to this area. Now we are close to 30!

Enjoy the views and learn about the specific plants and pollinators as you make your way to the Butterfly House. 

Mothapolooza will be open June 24 - August 9, 2019

Another fabulous year!! Thank you for your support.

Thanks to the Simon Foundation, Crocker Nurseries, YDS Landscape, North Bay Construction, Nexus Corp and our volunteers and staff involved in making this possible!