Idlewild Butterfly Farm welcomes…
Butterfly Lovers Walk through our farm. See how butterflies are raised. Purchase butterfly chrysalids or butterflies for your special event. Browse unique butterfly-themed items, including real butterfly wing jewelry and framed butterfly specimens.
Insect Lovers Tour our insectarium, where we keep and raise exotic insects from all over the globe. Browse our framed insect taxidermy for the latest unique inclusion to your home décor. Geek out with our entomologists.
Gardeners Shop our insecticide-free foliage and floral stock specially selected to support and attract butterflies and other pollinators. Purchase beneficial insects for your yard or garden. Consult with our entomologists to address your horticultural pests using beneficial insects. Grow more food and flowers with the help of gentle native bees by taking home a bee haven for your home or garden.
Shoppers Browse unique gifts and accessories inspired by the natural world — many hand-made locally or in the USA. Support small business and local craftspeople.
Children Tour our insectarium to see exotic insects up close. Take home a butterfly chrysalis or caterpillar-to-butterfly life cycle kit. Learn about native butterflies and the metamorphosis life cycle of the butterfly.
Tours of the Facility
We offer guided tours by our staff of entomologists and experienced curators. See what we do and how we do it, from butterfly rearing to the care of exotic insects. You will not only learn about these amazing creatures, but get to handle and experience them up close — truly an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike.
Tours are available on our normal business days until 3:30 pm.
Admission $10 adults / $7 children 3 yr+ / $8 seniors and military IDs
Hours of Operation
Butterflies and insects are a seasonal business, so be advised that our hours of operation change during late autumn, winter, and early spring. Outdoor operations, including the butterfly house and plant sales, are available from May through October. The insectarium and gift shop are open year-round.
Pre-Season (March–April) Friday–Saturday, 10:00 am — 4:00 pm
Butterfly Season (May–October) Tuesday–Saturday, 10:00 am — 5:00 pm
Holiday Season (November–December) TBA
Off Season (January–February) Closed to the public