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BioWorks ButterflyGarden and Flight Encounter Exhibit

The BioWorksButterflyGarden at MOSI is a unique outdoor butterfly exhibit that focuses on butterflies native to West Central Florida. The exhibit includes:

  • Flight Encounter: A free-flying butterfly enclosure where guests can encounter butterflies up close as they feed on native and Florida-Friendly nectar plants. The Flight Encounter is open year-round at scheduled times during museum hours; guests should check their daily schedule upon arriving at MOSI for Flight Encounter times for that day.
  • ButterflyGarden: The butterfly garden directly adjacent to BioWorks contains native and Florida-Friendly nectar and host plants. This garden provides a model for homeowners who wish to create their own butterfly gardens. The outdoor butterfly garden is open year-round during museum hours.
  • Engineered Marsh and Wastewater Treatment Model: Outdoor tanks clean water by providing a place for microbes, plants, and animals to thrive. The indoor marsh contains wetland plants, fish, and turtles.
  • Animal Husbandry Lab: Unique among butterfly houses, BioWorks does not buy or import butterflies. Instead, butterflies in our exhibit are raised from eggs and caterpillars found on-site, demonstrating the entire life cycle. Though the lab itself is not open to guests, large windows provide viewing of the lab and curator activities.
  • Multimedia Classroom and Viewing Area: Our air-conditioned classroom provides benches for observing the Flight Encounter through a wall of windows. Guests can also use a microscope to look at butterflies up close, watch an informative slide-show, and pick up free brochures about butterfly gardening.



Volunteering with MOSI Outside:
We welcome volunteers ages 16 and older to work in the
Butterfly Garden and Animal Husbandry Lab. Click here for more information about volunteer duties and opportunities.
About Our Sponsors:
Major funding for the
BioWorksButterfly Garden comes from Bank of America, The Jacarlene Foundation and Southwest Florida Water Management District.






MOSI would like to thank American Meadows for their recent donation of plants. The additional plants will help us further dress our beds and possibly expand some our our planting areas. American Meadows is a leading national supplier of seeds, flower bulbs and perennial plants. 


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