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Brookgreen and Butterflies!

Brookgreen and Butterflies!

Wed, April 1, 2020 by Viki Richardson, Coordinator for Outreach Programs | in Education


Can you pick out the butterfly design in  our featured image? In 1931, Anna Hyatt Huntington designed the garden in the shape of a butterfly. 

Butterfly Facts:

  • Butterflies are insects.
  • Butterflies flap their wings about 5 times every second.
  • Butterflies taste their food with their front feet.
  • Butterflies have many different sizes and colors. The smallest butterfly is only about 1/8 of an inch, whereas the largest butterfly is nearly 12 inches.
  • Butterflies are born as a crawling 'caterpillar'. 
  • There are four lifecycle phases to a butterfly: egg, larva (known as a caterpillar),  pupa (known as a chrysalis), and adult (known as a butterfly).
  • Butterflies are able to see the colors green, red, and yellow. This is useful for them when finding flowers.
  • A majority of butterflies eat the nectar inside of flowers.
  • Butterflies, like many insects have their skeletons on the outside of their body. This is called 'exoskeleton' and protects their inner bodies so the moisture doesn't dry out.
  • When you look at a butterfly you might think it only has two wings, but it actually has four wings.
  • The wing of a butterfly is very colorful. The wings are actually made up of very tiny scales.
  • The highest speed of a butterfly is 12 miles per hour. 
  • Temperature is important to a butterfly, as they do not have the ability to fly if their body temperature reduces below 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The South Carolina State Butterfly is the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. 

Make a Butterfly Collage 

  1. Cut out butterfly shape.
  2. Glue small pieces of colorful paper on your butterfly. 


Open Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For their safety and the safety of our animal collection, pets are not allowed, nor can they be left in vehicles inside Brookgreen.
Service animals that have received special training to assist disabled persons are welcome. Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.


Daily General Admission Tickets for 7 consecutive days
Children 3 and under
Children 4-12
Adults 13-64
Seniors 65 & Over


1931 Brookgreen Drive

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Off US Highway 17 Bypass, between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island