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Of all the insects, none elicit pleasure and curiosity more readily than butterflies. Like the abundance of verdant mountains and beaches, butterflies are ever present during one's visit to Costa Rica. There is nowhere one goes, whether a 3,000 meter volcanic ambit or the arid plains of Guanacaste where butterflies are not present.

Costa Rica is unusually blessed by the diversity of it's butterflies. There exists about 20,000 butterfly species worldwide. Of these, about 1,000 or 5% can be found in Costa Rica.

About the Farm

Entomological Supply, or CRES, was the first commercial butterfly farm in Latin America. Established in 1984 to provide butterfly chrysalides to the growing butterfly exhibit industry. Butterfly exhibits, large greenhouse enclosures with recreated tropical forests and hundreds or even thousands of live butterflies flying within, have proven immensely popular with people of all ages and interests.

Because the butterfly farm is such a fascinating and unique enterprise, people in Costa Rica urged that the farm be open to the public. Consequently, a large enclosed walk-through garden known as The Butterfly Farm was created in 1990.

Butterfly Farm Costa Rica

Visitors to this intriguing butterfly farm are treated to a two hour guided tour. Topics discussed in a typical tour include: the anatomy and physiology of a butterfly in its different stages, predators, defense mechanisms, host plant relationships, host plant defense mechanisms, and many aspects of the farm's operations. The Butterfly Farm, the first butterfly exhibit in Latin America, has become a leading attraction for Costa Ricans and visitors in Costa Rica.

Schedule and Tour Services

The Butterfly Farm is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours begin continuously as people arrive. One should rarely need to wait more than 20 minutes for a tour to begin. Guests are urged to arrive before 3:00 p.m. to benefit from a full tour. Butterfly viewing is optimal during the morning hours. Guests are invited to stay all day at the farm.

Schedule and Tour Services

Costa Rica butterfly farm

The Butterfly Farm is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guided tours begin continuously as people arrive. One should rarely need to wait more than 20 minutes for a tour to begin. Guests are urged to arrive before 3:00 p.m. to benefit from a full tour. Butterfly viewing is optimal during the morning hours. Guests are invited to stay all day at the farm.

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