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.
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Merry Christmas!!! We hope that you have an incredible holiday. Stay safe and healthy, friends! #happyholidays #2020 #me...
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas!!! We hope that you have an incredible holiday. Stay safe and healthy, friends! #happyholidays #2020 #merrychristmas #family #mackinacisland #mymackinac

Just in! Butterfly Bandanas from @wildflowerpaperco. A great accessory to use as a quick face covering, accent your outf...
12/17/2020

Just in! Butterfly Bandanas from @wildflowerpaperco. A great accessory to use as a quick face covering, accent your outfit, or to keep your furry friend fashionable! #butterfly #butterflies #bandana #bandanadog #dogaccessories #facecovering #masks #fashion #linens

12/05/2020

Bertie bear got his house cleaned today, now it’s time to explore it! #hedgehog #hedgiesofinstagram #hedgehogsofinstagram #theoriginalmibh #animallovers #cutie

The only thing missing is snow, I absolutely love when all of the Christmas lights come out and everything is magical! ❄...
12/04/2020

The only thing missing is snow, I absolutely love when all of the Christmas lights come out and everything is magical! ❄️🎄 #mackinacisland
#happyholidays

Women’s butterfly T-shirt. An absolute favorite! I have been wearing mine for months. The tees are machine washable, I h...
12/02/2020

Women’s butterfly T-shirt. An absolute favorite! I have been wearing mine for months. The tees are machine washable, I haven’t experience any stretching or shrinking. It’s become a staple!
••Note: I prefer wearing the unisex medium size, I like a little extra room. Women’s sizing runs a little small, unisex runs true to size
#butterflies #tshirt #darkcycleclothing #unique #mackinacisland #theoriginalmibhboutique #shoponline #linkinbio #shopsmall #fashion #instagood #instamood #instafashion

Shop our Monarch Beanies, a perfect gift for our Michigan and Michigan State fans! Keep your noggin warm while social di...
11/21/2020

Shop our Monarch Beanies, a perfect gift for our Michigan and Michigan State fans! Keep your noggin warm while social distancing with your fellow tailgaters 🏈 🏀 #mimonarchhat #mimonarchhatmigration #iwearmimonarch #msu #gogreen #football #basketball #GoBlue #winterhat #weship #shipping #ShopSmall #onlinestore

Butterfly approved and here just in time for Christmas! Unique butterfly wing pendants are a fabulous way to show her ho...
11/19/2020

Butterfly approved and here just in time for Christmas! Unique butterfly wing pendants are a fabulous way to show her how special she is to you. #sterlingsilver #sterlingsilverjewelry #jewelry #butterflywings #instafashion #fashion #style #bluemorpho #pendant #necklace #christmasgifts #christmasshopping #stockingstuffers #iridescent #linkinbio

Saying goodbye to Falcore for the winter, gotta get those last cuddles in! Falcore goes home with Liz & Brian who are th...
10/27/2020

Saying goodbye to Falcore for the winter, gotta get those last cuddles in! Falcore goes home with Liz & Brian who are the innkeepers @market_street_inn ❤️❤️❤️ #falcore #mimonarchhat #iwearmymonarch #winterhome #beardeddragon #lizardsofinstagram #family

~~~Calling all bee lovers~~~It's giveaway time! To celebrate the end of another great season & to debut our brand new Or...
10/22/2020

~~~Calling all bee lovers~~~

It's giveaway time! To celebrate the end of another great season & to debut our brand new Original Butterfly House Boutique Instagram Page we are giving away this bee-utiful bee merch.

How to enter:
🐝Follow @theoriginalmibh_boutique on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/theoriginalmibh_boutique/
🐝Like this post
🐝 Tag some friends, unlimited entries

Giveaway ends: Tuesday, October 27.
#beekind #beegrateful #dontworrybeehappy #theoriginalmibh_boutique #mackinacisland #giveaway #maytheoddsbeeverinyourfavor #honeybee #instagram

Magical #forests #mackinacisland #mymackinac #allgoodmack #fallcolors #fall #explore #puremichigan #theoriginalmibh
10/12/2020

Magical #forests #mackinacisland #mymackinac #allgoodmack #fallcolors #fall #explore #puremichigan #theoriginalmibh

Fall Beauty abounds #fritillary #butterfly #celosia #cockscomb #amaranth #butterflygarden #theoriginalmibh #insects #ins...
10/12/2020

Fall Beauty abounds #fritillary #butterfly #celosia #cockscomb #amaranth #butterflygarden #theoriginalmibh #insects #insectsofinstagram

When the habitat of the endangered species, Mitchell's satyr butterfly, was found in Benton Township, MI the road projec...
10/02/2020
The butterfly that stopped work on a Michigan freeway

When the habitat of the endangered species, Mitchell's satyr butterfly, was found in Benton Township, MI the road project was halted and will be rerouted.

“This particular butterfly needs what we call prairie fens,” notes Matt Douglas, Ph.D., professor of entomology at Grand Rapids Community College. “Fens are areas kind of like boggy areas, but the water is constantly running through them ... And those are really rare in Michigan and Indiana where this butterfly is found.”There are only 12 of these fens left in Michigan, Douglas notes.

https://www.fox17online.com/news/local-news/south-mi/the-butterfly-that-stopped-work-on-a-michigan-freeway

Michigan has its own case of an endangered species that halted a large infrastructure project: the Mitchell's satyr butterfly.

09/30/2020

Meet Dusty!! She is the newest addition to our buggy family and has been loving her new home. Here she is taking a drink and enjoying a quick bath. #socute #zebrakneetarantula #tarantula #sling #arachnid #theoriginalmibh #spider #welcometothefamily

Much gratitude to  MightyMac.org - The Mackinac Bridge & Straits of Mackinac for sharing this photo! 🥰🦋🌿
09/29/2020

Much gratitude to MightyMac.org - The Mackinac Bridge & Straits of Mackinac for sharing this photo! 🥰🦋🌿

This was the first time that we visited The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World in the 1990s.

🍂Happy first day of Fall to all🦋-Common buckeye butterfly photo by our Asst. Manager & Entomologist Lane-#equinox #fall ...
09/22/2020

🍂Happy first day of Fall to all🦋

-Common buckeye butterfly photo by our Asst. Manager & Entomologist Lane-

#equinox #fall #autumn #butterflyhouse #buckeye #butterfly #mackinacisland #theoriginalmibh

09/15/2020
Lane releasing 75 butterflies

😆🦋💓 We had our largest butterfly release of the season this morning. Our Assistant Manager/Entomologist Lane released 75 butterflies into our butterfly garden!💓🦋😆

video by Aliana, Lane & Ruth

#butterflies #butterflygarden #mackinacisland #butterflyrelease #seventyfive #entomology #theoriginalmibh

09/11/2020
The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World

Blue Morpho magic on this day one year ago. 🥰

🤩This afternoon our Manager Ruth released all these butterflies into our garden. There were so many Blue Morphos!!! 🥰 🌿🔮📽 by Aliana #theoriginalmibh #butterflylove #gardenjoy #butterflyrelease #mackinacisland #bluemorpho

Good day! 💚, Falcore#beardeddragon #insectworld #goodday #mackinacisland #theoriginalmibh
09/10/2020

Good day! 💚, Falcore

#beardeddragon #insectworld #goodday #mackinacisland #theoriginalmibh

"Where there is a will, there is a way." 🦋Look at those Milkweed seed pods along M-185 😍#milkweed #monarchbutterfly #mac...
09/09/2020

"Where there is a will, there is a way." 🦋Look at those Milkweed seed pods along M-185 😍

#milkweed #monarchbutterfly #mackinacisland #M185 #theoriginalmibh

09/08/2020
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

🦟Insects are amazing!😍

Thanks North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences!
To watch the full video go to: https://bit.ly/32EoaGy

#insects #slowmotion #flying #museums #science #moths #lighteningbugs #takeflight #theoriginalmibh

Insect flight captured in slow motion, 3,200 FPS looks amazing! Just check out this painted lichen moth.

Are you one of the 200,000+ people who have watched the new AntLab lab video by museum scientist Dr. Adrian Smith? No!? See the full video here: https://bit.ly/32EoaGy

Meet the Viceroy, a mimic of the Monarch and the Queen butterfly. This viceroy was bred in Florida and has more of a red...
09/04/2020

Meet the Viceroy, a mimic of the Monarch and the Queen butterfly. This viceroy was bred in Florida and has more of a reddish tint to resemble the Queen Butterfly. The Viceroy Butterflies in Michigan are lighter in color and more orange to mimic the Monarch in order to avoid being eaten by predators #viceroy #butterflies #mimicry #nature #amazing #insects #monarchbutterfly #theoriginalmibh

Wow!!! "The study suggests that the Jurassic moth lacewing 'Lichenipolystoechotes' mimicked the fossil lichen 'Daohugout...
09/02/2020
Scientists discover earliest fossil evidence of an insect lichen mimic

Wow!!!

"The study suggests that the Jurassic moth lacewing 'Lichenipolystoechotes' mimicked the fossil lichen 'Daohugouthallus' to help conceal itself from predators."

#science #insects #fossils #mimicry #theoriginalmibh

Scientists have uncovered the earliest known evidence of an insect mimicking a lichen as a survival strategy, according to new findings published today in eLife.

09/01/2020
Sun is Shining

🌻Happy 1st day of September!🌻

#theoriginalmibh #butterflygarden #giantswallowtail #zebralongwing #mackinacisland #weatherissweet

Hi Friends! Due to an earlier boat schedule and staff shortages, we will begin closing the Butterfly House at 5:30pm on ...
08/22/2020

Hi Friends! Due to an earlier boat schedule and staff shortages, we will begin closing the Butterfly House at 5:30pm on Monday, August 24th.

Thank you for a great season so far, it's been a different and challenging year, we appreciate all of the kind and generous guests that have visited us.

🦔Did you know that the word Echinacea comes from the Greek word "echinos" which means hedgehog? Notice that the spiky ap...
08/20/2020

🦔Did you know that the word Echinacea comes from the Greek word "echinos" which means hedgehog? Notice that the spiky appearance of the Echinacea flower heads are like Bert's spines.🦔

photos by Aliana Lee

This summer we have had the stunning White Peacock butterfly in our garden.  The large eye spot on each of the four wing...
08/15/2020

This summer we have had the stunning White Peacock butterfly in our garden. The large eye spot on each of the four wings are similar to peacock feathers. 🦚

photo by Aliana Lee

#butterfly #whitepeacock #butterflyhouse #mackinacisland #theoriginalmibh

08/14/2020
Monarch & Queen

🦋The Monarch & The Queen 👑

Follow us on TikTok : @theoriginalmibh91

#butterflies #monarch #thequeen #mackinacisland #theoriginalmibh

It makes us happy when Monarch butterflies visit Daisy the Turtle and our pollinator garden..  🌷🦋🐢photo by Aliana Lee#mo...
08/12/2020

It makes us happy when Monarch butterflies visit Daisy the Turtle and our pollinator garden.. 🌷🦋🐢

photo by Aliana Lee

#monarchbutterfly #butterflies #pollinatorgarden #mackinacisland #theoriginalmibh

08/07/2020

Good morning! Happy Friday. 🦋 Here's a video of our Entomologist Emily releasing butterflies into our garden. 🥳

Follow us on TikTok : @theoriginalmibh91

#butterflyrelease #butterflygarden #theoriginamibh #mackinacisland

08/06/2020

Here's a video we made on TikTok of a Pipeline Swallowtail having a snack. You can follow us on TikTok at: @theoriginalmibh91

And, we will share some more videos over the next few days. :)

🌷After looking at those beautiful Blue Morpho photos, we thought we would revisit this blog post from our archives about...
07/31/2020
Butterfly of the Week - The Blue Morpho | Original Butterfly House

🌷After looking at those beautiful Blue Morpho photos, we thought we would revisit this blog post from our archives about the fan favorite~~~ Enjoy!

https://www.originalbutterflyhouse.com/butterfly-week-blue-morpho/

The Blue Morpho is definitely the fan favorite, it’s stunning  iridescent wings are sure to catch your attention. The Blue Morpho is not only gorgeous but it has also been extremely helpful in preventing counterfeiting when it comes to the US Dollar.  First, a brief run-down of the Morpho life c...

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6750 McGulpin St
Mackinac Island, MI
49757

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

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Mackinac Island’s Original Butterfly House and Insect World

The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House is the 1st of its kind in Michigan, and the 3rd oldest LIVE butterfly exhibit in the United States. The world-renowned facility has 1800 sq ft of tropical garden filled with hundreds of live butterflies from four continents.

Insect World was a part of the building that we renovated in 2006 and turned into an attraction, as an addition to the butterfly exhibit. And with 16″ walking sticks, the worlds heaviest bug, too many species of beetles to name here, walls of insect displays from around the world, educational information and live insects – the newest part of the attraction has been a huge success. You’ll want to plan on taking some time to learn about the benefits of insects to the planet we live on!

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Do you know what is Stick insect? Have you ever seen birth of it, hatching from egg... Please check the link for the hatching video of stick insect and its difficult to believe such a big insect inside very small egg..
Just wanted to let you know we posted a video for our fans when we were visiting you on Mackinac: https://www.facebook.com/sharkeysfloral/videos/333681901003831/
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First time here. Amazing! A must see!
Had a great time here on our vacation last week. So beautiful
I enjoyed visiting The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World! These are my favorite pictures, especially the Clipper. Please enter them for the photo contest. 😊
Always enjoy our visit here’s some pics I took, please add for photo contest 👍
My girls absolutely loved your butterfly and insect house on the fourth of July this weekend!
My daughter Cora must be very luck, she had this beautiful butterfly and another one land on her hat. We visited you guys the other day with her 5th grade class from Gull lake's Thomas M. Ryan intermediate school. Such an awsome place!🦋🐛🦋🐞🦗🕷🦋
We went there on a school trip and loved it!!!! So many beautiful butterflies, they also have a few interesting insects there along with a bearded dragon and hedgehog. The staff is extremely friendly and know a lot about the butterflies!!! Would definitely go back!
Got amazing photos of these guys during a cold day!