Lost River Cave Butterfly Habitat

Lost River Cave received a special delivery on May 25, 2007, as 250 butterflies were sent to the butterfly habitat to add a little color to the cave.

From flowers in every color to a variety of plants, Matt and Hannah Barton had the chance to see what a butterfly's house looks like first hand.

"i think it's pretty," Matt said.

The two also had the chance to hold the colorful creatures for the very first time.

"The butterflies tickled," Hannah said.

The Bartons were the first visitors to Lost River Cave's new butterfly habitat.

"It's absolutely beautiful. It was very neat for the kids to see the butterflies first coming out," mother, Amy Barton said.

The family had the chance to see the life cycle of a butterfly, from a caterpillar to an adult.

For those who visit the habitat, it's a chance to learn as well as interact with nature.

"I can actually coax a few butterflies on their fingers and that to me is the part I like the best," butterfly curator, Maria Buckley said.

"Anything new for kids is always scary, so it's a little uneasy and to realize they don't sting and they can't bite them is really good for them to learn," Amy said.

For the Bartons, it was an opportunity to see the critters in their new home.

"You see them in your yard, you see them flying, but to actually get to touch them and see them in person is neat," Amy said.

Those with Lost River Cave said the purpose of the butterfly exhibit is to teach garden clubs and communities about the science of butterflies to attract more to the area.

The exhibit is now open to the public. It's part of the cave's boat tour.

For information on the activities at Lost River Cave, you can log onto "http://www.lostrivercave.com/" and for Lost River Cave butterfly habitat fact, click on the video link below.

Butterfly Facts