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Idlewild Butterfly Farm, Louisville

#13 of 14 in Parks in Louisville
Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
Idlewild Butterfly Farm is based out of Louisville, Kentucky, and was born of a lifelong passion for insects and the natural world. We focus on sustainable and ecologically-friendly practices such as butterfly garden cultivation and the use of beneficial insects for pest control.

With the expertise of our staff of entomologists, we breed and rear our own stocks of Kentucky native butterflies. These butterflies are available to the consumer for releases at weddings, memorials, and other events, or for home and classroom projects.

We are a USDA inspected and licensed facility, which allows us to house a collection of live exotic insects from around the globe. Visitors are welcome to view these fascinating creatures but are also encouraged to handle the insects. A tour of the Idlewild Butterfly Farm insectarium is a hands-on experience and a source of wonder for children and adults alike.

We are also committed to promoting sustainable and ecologically-friendly agricultural practices. The plants we sell are grown with the use of beneficial insects, never touched by insecticides, which is crucial for their inclusion in a butterfly garden. We are also experienced in pest identification and working with the consumer to address their pest problems with beneficial insects and other biological control agents.

Finally, our storefront in a historic building near Old Louisville is host to specially selected and curated gifts, art, and accessories. The bulk of our inventory is made in America, and we feature wares by local artists and craftspeople - everything from jewelry, to blown glass, to soaps and candles, to handmade insect display boxes.
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  • Actually we weren’t sure if we were going to be here but since we were across the street at the Logan Street Market we popped over to check out the plant sale. We came away with a couple of nice...  more »
  • This was a really sweet treat... the bugs though creepy were really neat to learn about and some we even got to touch! Live butterflies in all their changes were seen and plants to attract them in...  more »
  • Fun free little place, well the outdoors butterfly part is free. Definitely fun for little kiddos. There is a paid portion where they do a tour of apparently a lot of exotic and international bugs, beetles, and lots of more critters. So you have good options here! Will be back
  • Visited for the first time today, had a great experience. Paid for the tour and so glad I did because it was awesome! They let you hold some of the insects and teach you all about the them.

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