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Explore the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium in Dallas

Explore the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium in Dallas

If you're looking for something different to do, head to the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium.

Found inside Fair Park at the Texas Discovery Gardens, it stands two stories and transports visitors to a tropical rainforest with hundreds of free-flying butterflies.

The butterflies often land on colorful plants, and species include:

Blue Glassy Tiger

Blue glassy tigers are identified by their black bodies and blue markings. They have a moderately fast, casual flight, and often fly about five feet above the ground. These butterflies drink nectar from the long panicled flowers of herbaceous plants, they are found throughout Southeast Asia in the wild.


More commonly referred to as the Snow Fly, glasswinged butterflies are famous for sparkling even in the weakest light. Their brittle wings make a soft tinkling sound as they flit from place to place, and each wing usually has two sets of tails. Glass winged butterflies are also known for undertaking long migrations, and while they look extremely delicate, they can carry nearly forty times their own weight.

Citrus Swallowtails

Citrus swallowtails are quite large, and they feature yellow and black markings with blue and red eyespots. They're common to sub-Saharan Africa where they feed on nectar from a variety of flowers, and their three legs help them stand on the various blooms.

Variable Cracker

Variable crackers are named for the snapping sounds males make with their wings in defense of their territory. These butterflies are native to the Southern United States and are recognized by their blue-gray coloring and light fawn underside.

The Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium is just one of the fascinating attractions near our apartments in Dallas. If you're searching for a place to call home, please contact our leasing agents to arrange a tour where you can see all we have to offer.

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