Butterflies Go Free

A Caterpillar’s Life

Beneath their parents’ colourful wings, butterfly and moth caterpillars are eager to show you that they, too, can be amazing.

Do you remember hunting for caterpillars among the leaves, as a child? Now you can look for some astonishingly diverse caterpillars amidst the tropical plants in the greenhouse. Green, yellow or blue, striped or spotted, covered in wax, hair or spines, caterpillars use all sorts of clever tricks to defend themselves – and impress and surprise you!

Learn about this little-known phase in butterflies’ lives, and share the pleasures of “childhood” with the caterpillars at Butterflies Go Free.

Number of butterflies and moths in the greenhouses: 1,500 to 2,000
Number of butterflies and moths released during the event: between 15,000 and 20,000
Total number of species present during the event: about 75
Number of species observed during a visit: about 50
Places of origin: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Kenya, Malaysia, Philippines, Tanzania, and United States.
Attendance since 1998: 2,119,688

For more information, including opening schedule, or to visit the online ticket office: www.espacepourlavie.ca/en


Botanical Garden
Main Exhibition Greenhouse
4101 Sherbrooke East
Montreal, QC Canada
H1X 2B2