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Out and About: The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Birthday at Butterfly Wonderland


Welcome back to the Liv Northgate Blog, bringing you topics of interest about apartment living, Well-known and random holidays, and Arizona venues. A while back we shared a post all about Butterfly Wonderland, and today we are excited to add information about a limited-time event that is taking place there that you won’t want to miss!  


This exhibit is all about the 50th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a delightful book by Eric Carle. According to the website, “Butterfly Wonderland is proud to partner with Penguin Publishing and acclaimed author Eric Carle to bring this one-of-a-kind exhibition that celebrates the 50th birthday of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This limited time exhibition will dazzle and delight guests of all ages with live caterpillar exhibits, larger than life storybook pages, photo opportunities with colorful character backdrops, special character appearances, and storytimes on selected dates, and lots more. See why this lovable caterpillar has captured the hearts of millions of children across the globe as the book comes alive at Butterfly Wonderland!”


Special activities included in the exhibit include

  • Live caterpillars (plus other creatures that are part of the story)

  • Enormous storybook pages from the book will be included in the conservatory

  • Take a selfie with character backdrops from the book

  • Storytimes and movies with The Very Hungry Caterpillar (check for selected dates)

  • Get your face painted on a weekend visit

  • Shop an extensive selection of Eric Carle books and merchandise


We hope you take time out to visit this fun, interactive exhibit sometime this month. Now for some fun facts about butterflies.


Butterfly Facts

  • Did you know that the average lifespan of a butterfly is often just one month? The longest living species in the world is the Brimstone Butterfly – up to thirteen months!

  • There are approximately 20,000 species of butterflies in the world, according to the North American Butterfly Association.

  • During their migration, Monarch butterflies travel up to 100 miles per day!

  • Butterflies don’t sip their food with their proboscis; the long, straw like “tongue” serves to absorb the food instead. Instead of tasting with this “tongue,” they actually taste with their feet where their taste sensors are located.


What do you know about butterflies? Have you been to this Gilbert, Arizona exhibit? We love to receive feedback, please feel free to share in the comment section of the Liv Northgate Blog.


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