Living Desert Butterfly! Wing Wonder

Posted By: Kathy Condon Friday, December 18, 2015
The Living Desert is a place we locals go to over-and-over again. Thus, for those of you visiting the Coachella Valley, that is a pretty good indication you should put a visit to this relaxing and educational place on your schedule. Yes, even the smallest child will have something to look at and smile with great delight.

A new habit structure has been built on the grounds. This white dome-shaped building was constructed with the idea that there will be changing exhibits.

Once you walk through the double doors your first response is, “Wow”!  The grounds crew of the Living Desert were given the task of designing the floral interior of the building. To say they did a good job is an understatement. I’m not sure it was the brilliant light filtering into the place or the multitude of colors that immediately delights one senses.

Butterfly! Wing Wonder Exhibit

Inviting you to stay a while are metal benches made with butterfly wing backs. There are other Habitatsculptures and a guide to help you identify the various butterflies that gravitate to the area of the building where the most sun is shining.

Before you came into the space you, more than likely, stood in amazement as you watched the various species emerge from their cocoons.  Personally, I had the opportunity to watch a Monarch butterfly join the world. He appeared so tiny and wings did not at all appear to be crunched up. Yet, within an hour he had grown to the size of a normal Monarch.

Once the butterflies have dried themselves and have fully emerged, they are set free into the exhibit. Today, there are 30 species of butterflies and the population is growing due to the Living Deserts staff’s careful monitoring and stewardship of this manmade created environment.

handA warning, it is difficult to pull yourself and others away from this exhibit, so plan your time accordingly.

Things you should know:

When walking through the space, make sure you watched where you are stepping. There are numerous butterflies on the pathways.

Admission Fee to the Butterfly Exhibit is $3 for members, $2 for non-members. This is in addition to your general admission fee.

The butterfly exhibit is open from 9:30 to 4:00 p.m.

47900 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA  92260
(760) 346-5674

Season Hours:  October through May 31st, 9:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Summer Hours: June through September 31st, 8:00-1:00 p.m.
General Admission: $19.95
Senior (62+) :              17.95
Children (3-12):            9.95
Children Under (3)       Free