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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Current Hours: Sunday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Operating as usual

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

๐ŸŒปHappy 1st day of September!๐ŸŒป

#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.

๐Ÿฆ”Did you know that the word Echinacea comes from the Greek word "echinos" which means hedgehog? Notice that the spiky ap...
08/20/2020

๐Ÿฆ”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.๐Ÿฆ”

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. ๐Ÿฆš

photo by Aliana Lee

#butterfly #whitepeacock #butterflyhouse #mackinacisland #theoriginalmibh

08/14/2020
Monarch & Queen

๐Ÿฆ‹The Monarch & The Queen ๐Ÿ‘‘

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..  ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿขphoto by Aliana Lee#mo...
08/12/2020

It makes us happy when Monarch butterflies visit Daisy the Turtle and our pollinator garden.. ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿข

photo by Aliana Lee

#monarchbutterfly #butterflies #pollinatorgarden #mackinacisland #theoriginalmibh

08/07/2020

Good morning! Happy Friday. ๐Ÿฆ‹ Here's a video of our Entomologist Emily releasing butterflies into our garden. ๐Ÿฅณ

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. :)

๐ŸŒทAfter 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

๐ŸŒทAfter 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, itโ€™s stunningย  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.ย  First, a brief run-down of the Morpho life c...

Blue Morphos are an Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House favorite ๐Ÿ’™
07/29/2020
My Modern Met

Blue Morphos are an Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House favorite ๐Ÿ’™

What would you do if you came across a tree covered in beautiful blue butterflies like this? ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฆ‹

Wow! ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿฆ—
07/28/2020
Detroit Free Press

Wow! ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿฆ—

The English sundew was spotted in Ashland County, which is on the shore of Lake Superior and less than 10 miles from the Upper Peninsula.

Happy Upper Peninsula butterfly update~ "UP butterflies are flashing strong numbers" from  The Iron Mountain Daily News ...
07/22/2020
UP butterflies are flashing strong numbers | News, Sports, Jobs - The Daily news

Happy Upper Peninsula butterfly update~ "UP butterflies are flashing strong numbers" from The Iron Mountain Daily News ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ›๐ŸŒท

https://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/news/local-news/2020/07/up-butterflies-are-flashing-strong-numbers/"

Midsummer in the Upper Peninsula can provide some of the prime colors nature has to offer, both in flora and fauna. Wildflowers are out in full glory and,

07/22/2020

Insect Spotlight: Spiny leaf insect!

๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฆ‹ We have a winner. Congratulations Sierra Nicole! ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฅณ       ๐ŸPlease check your inbox for a message from us.๐ŸWe apprec...
07/22/2020

๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฆ‹ We have a winner. Congratulations Sierra Nicole! ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฅณ ๐ŸPlease check your inbox for a message from us.๐Ÿ
We appreciate all of you who participated in our Giveaway! ๐Ÿฅฐ
#kindnessmatters #butterfliesarethebest #WeLoveYourSupport #winner #mackinacisland #theoriginalmibh #supportsmallbusiness

***GIVEAWAY*** Ends 7/21

We greatly appreciate all of the support and love we have been receiving from our wonderful guests this season. Thank you for supporting us during these times of hardship! #kindnessisfree

Enter to win the Garden Visitor Print by The Art of Dean Crouser

To win:
1. Like this post
2. Like @theoriginalmibh on Facebook
2. Tag a friend

Enter as many times as youโ€™d like to increase your chances of winning! (See our Instagram page for a second giveaway!!)
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#giveaway #free #gardenvisitor #watercolorart #kindnessmatters #thankyou #theoriginalmibh #butterflies #artwork #supportsmallbusiness #tellyourfriends

Northern Michigan Skyscape #sunset #photography #puremichigan #mackinacisland #mymackinac #skyscape #waterreflection #su...
07/21/2020

Northern Michigan Skyscape #sunset #photography #puremichigan #mackinacisland #mymackinac #skyscape #waterreflection #sunsetphotography #arnoldferrydock #allgoodmack

***GIVEAWAY*** Ends 7/21We greatly appreciate all of the support and love we have been receiving from our wonderful gues...
07/15/2020

***GIVEAWAY*** Ends 7/21

We greatly appreciate all of the support and love we have been receiving from our wonderful guests this season. Thank you for supporting us during these times of hardship! #kindnessisfree

Enter to win the Garden Visitor Print by The Art of Dean Crouser

To win:
1. Like this post
2. Like @theoriginalmibh on Facebook
2. Tag a friend

Enter as many times as youโ€™d like to increase your chances of winning! (See our Instagram page for a second giveaway!!)
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#giveaway #free #gardenvisitor #watercolorart #kindnessmatters #thankyou #theoriginalmibh #butterflies #artwork #supportsmallbusiness #tellyourfriends

Hello everyone, we hope you enjoyed your Independence Day Weekend safely! We are updating our prices to a 25% discount o...
07/06/2020

Hello everyone, we hope you enjoyed your Independence Day Weekend safely! We are updating our prices to a 25% discount off of our standard admissions, so we will now be $9 for adults (ages 12+), $6 for children (ages 5-11), and children ages 4 and under are still free. Have a great day!

WE ARE OPEN!! The construction is done and the first shipment of butterflies has arrived. Our hours are from 10-6:30pm a...
06/27/2020

WE ARE OPEN!! The construction is done and the first shipment of butterflies has arrived. Our hours are from 10-6:30pm and tickets are 50% off as an โ€˜earlyโ€™ season special. See you soon! #openforbusiness #theoriginalmibh #mackinacisland #mymackinac #allgoodmack #redadmiral #butterflies

Fantastic news! We are on track to open July 1st! To start the season admission tickets will be 50% off. We are experien...
06/21/2020

Fantastic news! We are on track to open July 1st! To start the season admission tickets will be 50% off. We are experiencing some supply chain issues with importing butterflies, so we are focusing mostly on domestic species this year. There will be a smaller quantity of butterflies flying around the garden, but we are developing educational talks to highlight pollinator gardens and how to support our native species. Pictured is a beautiful Luna Moth that overwintered as a cocoon and recently emerged in our incubator. Such fun and so beautiful!
#openingupdates #update #mackinacisland #mymackinac #allgoodmack #upnorth #travelmichigan #lunamoth #insectphotography #insects #insect #butterflies #moth #theoriginalmibh ๐Ÿ“ธ @ruth_kathryn_

06/18/2020

Hey everyone! We have a few updates on our opening dates. The great news is that the Downtown Butterfly Boutique is officially open!

In beginning preparations to open The Butterfly House, we discovered some water damage, due in part to our inability to open the greenhouse in early spring. We are working diligently to plant the garden and have contractors currently working to whip everything into shape.

Although unfortunate, this provided us with a wonderful opportunity to remodel Insect World and offer a new experience for all of our guests. We are working on developing new decorations and exhibits, that people of all ages will enjoy.

In addition to the water damage, we are experiencing supply issues with importing Pupae (butterflies) from around the world, due airport closures.

We are planning to open on July 1st, With the unexpected cost of construction and supply issues, we are going to exhibit local butterflies in smaller quantities and give educational talks about planting for pollinators. We know that this has been a tough year for everyone and we want to create a positive space that you can relax in, and enjoy a beautiful garden.

Prices will be slashed by 50% this year, Adult tickets are $6 and Children (5-11) $4. We look forward to enjoying your company and creating a safe space for all. Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau Mackinac Island, Michigan

06/05/2020

Thank you for all of the love! We just reached 4,000 likes and we are appreciate each and every one of you

06/03/2020

The gift shop is coming together nicely! We are so excited to open in mid June. Hereโ€™s a sneak peak at some our favorites #homedecor #mackinacisland #wineglasses #comingsoon ๐Ÿ#getbuzzed #openingsoon #theoriginalmibh #gardensupplies #getplanting

The boardwalk is getting updated! Canโ€™t wait to see the progress and experience more of these beautiful sunsets #mymacki...
05/21/2020

The boardwalk is getting updated! Canโ€™t wait to see the progress and experience more of these beautiful sunsets #mymackinac #allgoodmack #mackinacisland #puremichigan #travelmichigan #sunset #landscapephotography #photography #theoriginalmibh ๐Ÿ“ธ @adamusru

Itโ€™s really starting to feel like summer! Canโ€™t wait to get on the water #lakehuron #lifeisgood #mackinacisland #mymacki...
05/17/2020

Itโ€™s really starting to feel like summer! Canโ€™t wait to get on the water #lakehuron #lifeisgood #mackinacisland #mymackinac #allgoodmack #puremichigan #travelmichigan

Join us for a Q&A, updates on our opening date, and gift shop show and tell. We have so many fun new books and activitie...
05/14/2020

Join us for a Q&A, updates on our opening date, and gift shop show and tell. We have so many fun new books and activities that you can do at home with your families #stayhome #shopupdate #familyfun #newbooks #activitiesforkids #newmerch #mymackinac #allgoodmack #theoriginalmibh #parents

05/10/2020
Releasing the Queen Bee

Beekeeping update! Yesterday I went into the hive an released our Queen from her cage. Watch now to learn how! #beekeeping #beekeeper #beekeeping101 #theoriginalmibh

05/10/2020

Happy Motherโ€™s Day!

During these unprecedented times, we wish you all of the love and thank you for your super hero work!

05/06/2020
How to install a bee package ๐Ÿ

Join us for our first ever Facebook Live video! We will be installing a package of bees. Learn about how they are shipped, equipment you will need, how to keep your new Queen ๐Ÿ safe, and other fun facts.

Join us for our first ever Facebook Live video! We will be installing a package of bees. Learn about how they are shippe...
05/06/2020

Join us for our first ever Facebook Live video! We will be installing a package of bees. Learn about how they are shipped, equipment you will need, how to keep your new Queen ๐Ÿ safe, and other fun facts. #beekeeping #backyardbeekeeping
#facebooklive #honeybee #educational #letsdothis

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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 Islandโ€™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 16โ€ณ 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 โ€“ the newest part of the attraction has been a huge success. Youโ€™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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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/
Are you open today?
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. ๐Ÿ˜Š
Always enjoy our visit hereโ€™s some pics I took, please add for photo contest ๐Ÿ‘
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!๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ›๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿž๐Ÿฆ—๐Ÿ•ท๐Ÿฆ‹
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!
Had a great time here today with my wife. One of the gentlemen working stopped by to talk to us for quite some time about the butterflies. Once he found out I was a teacher, he shared stories of his teaching career and seemed interested in hearing about my experiences. I always appreciate when a place is welcoming and inviting, and it's clear that this place has mastered this. I was told to post a photo to the Facebook for a photo contest, so here is the photo I liked best from my visit! Thanks again!