A orange, black, and white butterfly rests on an orange flower

Explore the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium

Nestled within the Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park is a unique two-story destination known as the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium. Its tropical landscape transports visitors to habitats around the world.

The butterflies are free-flying, and species include: 

Leopard Lacewing

When hundreds of leopard lacewings fly together, they create a spectacular sight. Females feature wing patterns with a gray or white background, while males are bright red, yellow, and orange. They range from India throughout Southeast Asia, and quickly flutter from flower to flower in search of nectar.  


With transparent wings, glasswing butterflies are easy to identify. The tissue between their veins looks like glass, and their clear wings make it hard for predatory birds to track them in flight. They’re found in places such as Mexico and Colombia and typically feed on common plants such as lantana. 

African Mocker Swallowtail

African mocker swallowtails are large butterflies with a wingspan of about three inches. Males are creamy white, while females mimic the colors of various toxic butterflies. In the wild, they prefer woodland and forest habitats where they roost hanging from the foliage of trees. 

Paper Kite

Paper kites are black-and-white butterflies native to Southeast Asia. If they’re around other colors when the light shines through their wings, it looks like stained glass. Paper kites are the largest member of the milkweed butterfly family, and the lifespan of adults is approximately six to nine months. 

After exploring the Butterfly House, don’t forget to take a stroll through the gardens. They feature native plants as well as those from around the world that have adapted to the challenging soils of North Texas. 

If you would like to live near the Butterfly House and other interesting attractions, please contact our leasing office. We will gladly arrange a tour and show you all that we have to offer.

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