The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World

The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World Located behind historic Ste. Anne's Church on beautiful Mackinac Island, the Original Butterfly House is just a 10 minute walk away from downtown. Regular Season Hours: Sunday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM The doors lock 30 min before close
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11/17/2019

Dynastes granti larvae, our first attempt at breeding! We are so excited to have two healthy babies munching away! #checkup #breeding #beetles #coleoptera #theoriginalmibh #entomology #larva #herculesbeetle #dynastesgranti #cutie

Bye for now Mackinac!! See you in a few weeks #travelmichigan #mymackinac #mackinacisland #puremichigan #endofseason #th...
10/30/2019

Bye for now Mackinac!! See you in a few weeks #travelmichigan #mymackinac #mackinacisland #puremichigan #endofseason #theoriginalmibh

The stunning Blue Wave butterfly basking in the morning sun #butterflies #blue #colorful #photography #lepidoptera #theo...
10/17/2019

The stunning Blue Wave butterfly basking in the morning sun #butterflies #blue #colorful #photography #lepidoptera #theoriginalmibh #insects #insectphotography ๐Ÿ“ธ @adamusru

It's so cool that the migrations are popping up on weather radars! ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/monarch-butterfly...
10/16/2019
Monarch butterfly and dragonfly migrations are so massive theyโ€™re being caught on NWS radar

It's so cool that the migrations are popping up on weather radars! ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹

https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/monarch-butterfly-and-dragonfly-migrations-are-so-massive-theyre-being-caught-on-nws-radar

The National Weather Serviceโ€™s weather surveillance radar captured a massive migration of monarch butterflies and dragonflies flying over the central United States.

Do these look familiar?๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿง #insectworld #theoriginalmibh #giantleafinsects #welovewatchingthemwalk #mackinacisland
10/15/2019
KQED

Do these look familiar?๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿง #insectworld #theoriginalmibh #giantleafinsects #welovewatchingthemwalk #mackinacisland

Giant Malaysian leaf insects stay still on their host plants to avoid hungry predators. But as they grow up, they can't get lazy with their camouflage.

They change โ€“ and even dance โ€“ to blend in with the ever-shifting foliage.

๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒบButterflies are pollinators too๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒพ #pollendustedwings #theoriginalmibh #butterflies #pollinators #mackinacisland ๐Ÿ“ท: A...
10/14/2019

๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒบButterflies are pollinators too๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒพ #pollendustedwings #theoriginalmibh #butterflies #pollinators #mackinacisland ๐Ÿ“ท: Aliana

Bees creating art ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ
10/13/2019
Colossal

Bees creating art ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ

Beekeeper and artist Ava Roth teams up with her bees to create abstract art.

We had a lovely time celebrating the strong women of Mackinac Island and honoring Mary Anne Gale's memory and accomplish...
10/12/2019

We had a lovely time celebrating the strong women of Mackinac Island and honoring Mary Anne Gale's memory and accomplishments. We miss her everyday. ๐Ÿฆ‹

A marvelous time with friends in honor of Mary Anne Gale and to benefit the Mackinac Community Cancer Fund. Thank you Grand Hotel for hosting our annual event!

Thinking ahead for your pollinator garden: Fall is a great time to plant  bulbs like daffodils and crocuses for Spring f...
10/09/2019
Help butterflies, bees and birds with a pollinator garden in your yard

Thinking ahead for your pollinator garden: Fall is a great time to plant bulbs like daffodils and crocuses for Spring flowers. ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/help-butterflies-bees-and-birds-with-a-pollinator-garden-in-your-yard/2019/10/04/7cb9d418-e089-11e9-b199-f638bf2c340f_story.html

These species, some of which are threatened with extinction, need flowers to survive.

Fall sunsets on Mackinac Island are the best. ๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿ‚ 10.8.19 ๐Ÿ“ท: Barb #theoriginalmibh #sunsets #mackinacisland #straitsofmac...
10/09/2019

Fall sunsets on Mackinac Island are the best. ๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿ‚ 10.8.19 ๐Ÿ“ท: Barb #theoriginalmibh #sunsets #mackinacisland #straitsofmackinac #mackinacbridge #momentslikethese #thatviewthough

๐ŸŽฌ Behind the scenes~ Cleaning out the turtle pond ๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข photos by Barb  #theoriginalmibh #turtles #koifish #sparklingclean...
10/08/2019

๐ŸŽฌ Behind the scenes~ Cleaning out the turtle pond ๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข photos by Barb #theoriginalmibh #turtles #koifish #sparklingclean #mackinacisland

A very cool article from the Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau  and a quote from yours truly.  #theoriginalmibhhttps://www.m...
10/05/2019
Following Northern Michiganโ€™s Autumn Monarch Migration | Mackinaw City

A very cool article from the Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau and a quote from yours truly. #theoriginalmibh

https://www.mackinawcity.com/following-northern-michigans-autumn-monarch-migration/

Probably the most recognizable butterfly in North America is the monarch, with its distinguishable and vibrant black and orange color palette. Did you know that during the summer, millions of these beautiful winged creatures (if you recall from biology class: lepidoptera from Ancient Greek lepรญs .....

Congratulations to @terri_shivas for winning our photo contest. We loved the harmony of her photo of the Clipper butterf...
10/05/2019

Congratulations to @terri_shivas for winning our photo contest. We loved the harmony of her photo of the Clipper butterfly and the hibiscus flowers! Congratulations! #photography #naturephotography #nature #butterflies #insects #beauty #photocontest

10/01/2019
Leopold drinking water

How precious is Leopold?! ๐Ÿ’“ #africanfattailedgecko #stayhydrated #welovehim #theoriginalmibh #butterflyhouse #insectworld #mackinacisland ๐ŸŽฅ by Lane

Would you be open to eating cricket chips or earthworm flour brownies? ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿฆ—๐Ÿฝ  "While humans have been consuming insects fo...
10/01/2019
Bugs for dinner: Behind the latest sustainability trend

Would you be open to eating cricket chips or earthworm flour brownies? ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿฆ—๐Ÿฝ "While humans have been consuming insects for centuries, especially in non-Western cultures, the practice has become more mainstream in recent years thanks to more adventurous palates, a quest for healthy alternatives and a desire to eat more sustainably. Entomophagy, as itโ€™s known, has far-reaching benefits that clearly appeal to todayโ€™s consumers."

https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2019/09/bugs-dinner-behind-latest-sustainability-trend

Putting insects on the menu or in everyday food products isnโ€™t exactly new, so whatโ€™s fueling the trend and where is it headed?

09/30/2019
Last day of September release

We just had a lovely butterfly release on this last day of September. Our entomologist Lane counted 50 new butterflies! Wow! ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒฟ#theoriginalmibh #butterflyrelease #mackinacisland #slowmotion #gardenlove ๐ŸŽฅ by @Aliana

09/28/2019
Great Lakes Bee Supply

For all of our beekeeper friends, please take note that if you live in Southwest Michigan there will be a mass spraying of pesticides in hopes to control mosquito's carrying EEE. Read below for more information on how to properly prepare your hives.

HONEY BEES AND EEE ALERT!!!

Great Lakes Bee Supply recommends, to all beekeepers in Southwest Michigan and those affected in other counties, that starting no later than 7pm Sunday Sept. 29th, 2019 , all beekeepers put an entrance reducer on their hive and block the bees into the hive for the duration of the spraying.

Furthermore, we recommend leaving your bees blocked in the hive for at least 12 more hours after all spraying has stopped. If you are concerned about food or water supplies during this time, add water or sugar water to your hive.

The residual effects of this pesticide are unclear, so we would also recommend that you pull any honey you wish to process and consume for the 2019 season, from your hive before the spraying begins. We would NOT recommend eating any honey from your hive after the spraying has occurred for the rest of the year.

Lastly, to further reduce losses, we recommend putting a boardman feeder or other type of feeder, with CLEAN water inside your hive for the next week at minimum. Access to clean, uncontaminated water will be crucial and providing water inside the hive will help reduce the chances the bees will seek out other water sources.

This spraying WILL kill honey bees, butterflies and other insects. โ€œThe pesticide product can be toxic to honeybees or butterfliesโ€ said Laura McGowan, spokesperson for Clarke, An Illinois-based contractor applying the pesticides.

Please take precautions and use your best judgments, the state is spraying a poison broadly into the air. There will be drift, run off and residue. Please try to safeguard your pets, honeybees and yourselves.

Please do your research and actively watch for updates about the spraying areas and schedule changes. They may change due to weather, so you may need to change your schedule for blocking your bees in the hives, etc.

"Mackinac Island Women, Wellness and a Wee Bit of Wine Weekend is October 18 & 19, 2019.  This weekend focuses on health...
09/25/2019
Mackinac Island Women, Wellness and a Wee Bit of Wine

"Mackinac Island Women, Wellness and a Wee Bit of Wine Weekend is October 18 & 19, 2019. This weekend focuses on health and wellness with all proceeds going to the Mackinac Island Cancer Fund. Tickets are $75 and include all events for the weekend. This annual event is a weekend for women to celebrate friendships, health, shopping and of course... a little wine. Join us this year for wellness seminars, renowned speakers, recreation activities, great food, fabulous shopping and so much more."

Women's Wellness and a Wee Bit O' Wine Weekend!
This annual event is a weekend for women to celebrate friendships, health, shopping and of course... a little wine. Join us this year for wellness seminars, renowned speakers, recreation activities, great food, fabulous shopping and so much more. We'd love for you to join us, October 18 & 19! For more information, visit our website at:

www.mackinacwomenswellness.com

๐Ÿฆ‹In 2018, our Manager Ruth traveled to Mexico to see where the monarchs roost after their fall migration. We hope you en...
09/24/2019
Traveling to the Monarch Preserves in Mexico -- Part 1 | Original Butterfly House

๐Ÿฆ‹In 2018, our Manager Ruth traveled to Mexico to see where the monarchs roost after their fall migration. We hope you enjoy reading about her experience at two different sanctuaries:

๐Ÿฆ‹Part 1: https://www.originalbutterflyhouse.com/traveling-monarch-preserves-mexico-part-1/

๐Ÿฆ‹Part 2: https://www.originalbutterflyhouse.com/traveling-monarch-preserves-mexico-part-2/

#theoriginalmibh #monarchmigration #mexico #butterflysanctuary #elrosario #SierraChincua

Visiting the El Rosario Sanctuary was by far the most magical experience Iโ€™ve ever had. In early February, I flew to Mexico in order to witness and learn all about the miraculous Monarch Migration. The monarchs fly all the way from Canada and the Northern United States (roughly 2,500 miles!!) to f...

๐Ÿฆ”  Bert wishes everyone a very happy first day of Fall! ๐Ÿ‚  photo by Lane ๐Ÿ #whatacutie #thoseteeththough #hedgehog #fall...
09/23/2019

๐Ÿฆ” Bert wishes everyone a very happy first day of Fall! ๐Ÿ‚ photo by Lane ๐Ÿ #whatacutie #thoseteeththough #hedgehog #fallequinox #theoriginalmibh #mackinacisland

๐ŸŒžWishing everyone a happy last day of summer! ๐Ÿฆ‹ The Butterfly House crew has been tagging monarchs on Mackinac Island as...
09/22/2019

๐ŸŒžWishing everyone a happy last day of summer! ๐Ÿฆ‹ The Butterfly House crew has been tagging monarchs on Mackinac Island as they embark on their fall migration south.๐Ÿ™Œ #theoriginalmibh #monarchmigration #butterflies #headingsouth #mackinacisland

A great read about how beneficial goldenrod is. Especially because: "In past years, goldenrod has received a bad reputat...
09/21/2019
Goldenrod an important fall food source for bees and butterflies

A great read about how beneficial goldenrod is. Especially because: "In past years, goldenrod has received a bad reputation through no fault of its own. For decades, doctors implied their patientโ€™s allergy symptoms were caused by goldenrod pollen when in fact, the actual culprit was ragweed."

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/life/home-garden/blogs/gardening/2019/09/19/goldenrod-important-fall-food-source-bees-and-butterflies/2373340001/

A large goldenrod bloom can make the difference between no honey or a bumper crop .

How cute is Leopold, our African Fat-Tailed Gecko!? #bathtime #theoriginalmibh #mackinacisland #gecko ๐Ÿ“ท by Maggie
09/17/2019

How cute is Leopold, our African Fat-Tailed Gecko!? #bathtime #theoriginalmibh #mackinacisland #gecko ๐Ÿ“ท by Maggie

"Beekeeping affords us the opportunity to really kind of engage in a different way with the natural world," said Adam In...
09/16/2019
Heroes to Hives

"Beekeeping affords us the opportunity to really kind of engage in a different way with the natural world," said Adam Ingrao, a fourth-generation soldier who runs Heroes to Hives through Michigan State University Extension. "You're not thinking about what happened in Afghanistan or Iraq. You're thinking about what's happening right here, right now."

Beekeeping is a path to healing and continued national service.

Post yoga tranquility #sunflower #yellow #happiness #peaceful #yogaflow #namaste #ricepaper #butterfly #lepidoptera #the...
09/13/2019

Post yoga tranquility #sunflower #yellow #happiness #peaceful #yogaflow #namaste #ricepaper #butterfly #lepidoptera #theoriginalmibh #tranquil #planttherapy #nature #butterflygarden ๐Ÿ“ท by Ruth

09/11/2019
Ruth releasing butterflies into the garden

๐ŸคฉThis afternoon our Manager Ruth released all these butterflies into our garden. There were so many Blue Morphos!!! ๐Ÿฅฐ ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ“ฝ by Aliana #theoriginalmibh #butterflylove #gardenjoy #butterflyrelease #mackinacisland #bluemorpho

How magical would this be to see!? #welovedragonflies #weloveinsects https://fox8.com/2019/09/10/swam-of-dragonflies-oth...
09/11/2019
Swarm of dragonflies, other insects spotted on radar over Ohio

How magical would this be to see!?
#welovedragonflies #weloveinsects

https://fox8.com/2019/09/10/swam-of-dragonflies-other-insects-spotted-on-radar-over-ohio/

CLEVELAND-- Massive amounts of dragonflies were spotted over Ohio on Tuesday. FOX 8 viewers reported seeing thousands of dragonflies in Lakewood, Lorain, Shelby, Vermilion and Willoughby. The National Weather Service Cleveland posted an image of the radar from Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania, showing...

It's been a great 2019 season so far. Much appreciation to all who have visited. For those who are still planning to vis...
09/10/2019

It's been a great 2019 season so far. Much appreciation to all who have visited. For those who are still planning to visit, please know that our last day open will be Monday, October 21, 2019. ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ”๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ๐Ÿข #theoriginalmibh #butterflyhouse #mackinacisland #pipevineswallowtail ๐Ÿ“ท by Aliana

09/10/2019
Maggie's last butterfly release

Here is a video of our Entomology Intern Maggie and her last butterfly release. ๐Ÿฆ‹ Thank you Maggie for all of your enthusiasm this season! ๐Ÿฆ”We will miss you!๐Ÿ’— Video by Lane

#theoriginalmibh #butterflyrelease #entomologists #mackinacisland

A migrating monarch butterfly visits the The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฅฐ๐ŸŒท  photo by Alian...
09/10/2019

A migrating monarch butterfly visits the The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฅฐ๐ŸŒท photo by Aliana Lee

#theoriginalmibh #mackinacisland #monarchmigration

Wow! Here's an interesting read for your Monday.  #theoriginalmibh  #insectworld  #scorpions #tarantulas #cockroaches #m...
09/09/2019
National Geographic

Wow! Here's an interesting read for your Monday. #theoriginalmibh #insectworld #scorpions #tarantulas #cockroaches #mackinacisland National Geographic

Demand for what many of us think of as creepy crawlies has fueled a global black market for everything from cockroaches to tarantulas.

The monarchs are in the midst of their migration. ๐Ÿ˜ Anyone noticing more in their area? ๐Ÿฆ‹ #theoriginalmibh  #mackinacisl...
09/07/2019

The monarchs are in the midst of their migration. ๐Ÿ˜ Anyone noticing more in their area? ๐Ÿฆ‹ #theoriginalmibh #mackinacisland #monarchmigration #butterflies #lifeisgood

09/06/2019

There were no sign ups for yoga, so this mornings class has been cancelled. See you next Friday!

08/29/2019

Tension Tamer yoga flow
Friday 8 AM @ the Butterfly House

08/28/2019
Rainy Day Happy Butterflies

Even though it feels chilly, it is nice and warm in the garden. The butterflies are loving it and we hope you will too! ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฅฐ๐ŸŒฟ โ–ช๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ฝ by Aliana #theoriginalmibh #mackinacisland #butterflies #rainydayvibes

Let's all keep doing what we can to help the monarchs. ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹
08/24/2019
Monarch Marvels Fluttering through Northern Michigan - 9 & 10 News

Let's all keep doing what we can to help the monarchs. ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹

You may have noticed more monarch butterflies this summer around your gardens, backyards and even along the highways. Retired educator with Michigan State University Extension, Duke Elsner says itโ€™s something he has also noticed compared to previous years. Elsner says there could be a few reasons ...

08/23/2019
What you can do to help the burning Amazon rainforest

We have all seen the devastation occurring in the Amazon due to wildfires. The amazon currently produces 20% of the Earth's Oxygen. It's a natural resources that's limited on our planet. It's important that we do our best to support and nurture our ecosystems as much as we can.

If you are looking for a way to contribute, here is a wonderful article that provides a list of organizations that help conserve and protect the amazon.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-to-help-the-amazon-rainforest-on-fire-in-brazil-donation-deforestation-volunteering/

Alternatively, we have recently discovered www.ecosia.com which is a search engine that will plant trees after so many searches and clicks. The search engine was launched in 2009 and has since planted over 65,240,000 trees. It's the perfect solution to living our busy lives while helping to reforest devastated areas.

The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world and vital to combating climate change โ€” and it's on fire with no end in sight

What a great read! To all of our friends in North Carolina, check out Bugfest and let us know how it is. Maybe next year...
08/23/2019
Move over kale. Insects are the new superfoods.

What a great read! To all of our friends in North Carolina, check out Bugfest and let us know how it is. Maybe next year we can go experience it #entophagy #edibleinsicts #science #bugfest #iwanttogo

Many may not be fans of eating insects, but a study shows that insects like grasshoppers and crickets have more antioxidants than orange juice, and eating them has the potential to reduce the risk of some diseases.

Named after the mineral malachite, the Malachite butterfly's wings are black & brilliant green/yellow green when open an...
08/21/2019

Named after the mineral malachite, the Malachite butterfly's wings are black & brilliant green/yellow green when open and light brown & olive green when closed. How cool! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฆ‹ photos by Aliana #Siproetastelenes #malachite #theoriginalmibh #butterflyhouse #nature

We are so sad to say goodbye to Sam McCarthy, he is leaving us to go back to MSU and finish up his degree in Environment...
08/18/2019

We are so sad to say goodbye to Sam McCarthy, he is leaving us to go back to MSU and finish up his degree in Environmental Biological Zoology. We hope the rest of your schooling is amazing and we hope to see you soon! Here is a shot that shows just how amazing Sam is. He was giving a spectacular bee talk while hanging out with Falcore #conservationeducation #goodbye #saddays #wewillmissyou #beardeddragon #backtoschool #msu #gogreen #spartans

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6750 McGulpin St
Mackinac Island, MI
49757

Located behind Ste. Anne's Church, just a 10 minute walk from downtown!

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

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(906) 847-3972

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