Watching Butterflies Flutter By: Penang Butterfly Farm

As much as we’d love to always just lie on beautiful beaches, occasionally Matt and I force ourselves to actually see some sites while traveling. When we arrived in Penang, we didn’t know what there was to do there other than eat and play on the beach. Luckily, one of the teenage daughters at the homestay where we stayed convinced us that Penang’s butterfly park was worth hopping on a bus and seeing another part of town. After a short bus ride and a not so short trek through a sparsely populated residential and farming area, we finally reached the Penang Butterfly Farm.

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Butterfly farms are essentially just outdoor enclosures (completely covered in netting) full of foliage and beautiful butterflies, just going about their business and ignoring the people wandering through their home. Occasionally a butterfly will land on a visitor, and in that case, a staff member will help it off of you before you leave. There’s not much to do other than wander around and absorb the beauty of these intricate creatures. At the end there’s a small museum of sorts, filled with lots of displays about various bugs and climate change information.

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Penang Butterfly Farm 14Have you been to a butterfly farm? What do you think–love them, or hate them?

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9 Responses to “Watching Butterflies Flutter By: Penang Butterfly Farm”

  1. Your Old Man December 15, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    “Have you been to a butterfly farm? What do you think–love them, or hate them?”

    I missed going to the one in Victoria, B.C., because I had to stay at the hotel with my sick kid. But, I guess you missed it too! I’m glad you got to go to this one.

    They are beautiful creatures.

    • Andrea December 18, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

      I think I must have been to the one at the Seattle Science Center or something, because this wasn’t the first one I’d been to, and I had forgotten we didn’t go to the one in Canada. Sorry I made you miss that one :)

  2. Megan Smith December 16, 2012 at 2:38 am #

    I love butterflies…hence the reason for the butterfly tattoo! I have only experienced the one at Seattle’s Science Center though. I love all the different stages of life you captured. I love the chrysalis ones. It reminds me of the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Thanks for sharing! 

    • Andrea December 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

      Thanks! The eggs looked pretty cool on the leaves, I almost thought they were neater looking than the actual butterflies! Also, I love that book, I used it in my kindergarten class in Korea all the time :)

  3. Rachel December 16, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    I have a butterfly tattoo but generally don’t want any other butterflies on me! But when I was at Angkor Thom, a butterfly landed on my finger for a while and I didn’t freak out! It was kind of cool. Maybe soon I will be ready to do one of these farms without having a mini-panic-attack.

    • Andrea December 18, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

      What made you decide on a butterfly tattoo? That’s cool about Angkor Thom, I’m glad you got some aversion therapy :)

  4. Lori Finley December 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    Yes, love them!

    • Andrea December 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

      They’re definitely fun for photographers and wannabe photographers!

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