Three hundred butterflies fluttered around the Peck Farm Park Butterfly House on Wednesday afternoon in Geneva. A Junonia coenia, or more simply known as a common Buckeye butterfly, skimmed the fuchsia blossoms in the tented space as a 3-year-old girl with bouncy pigtails reached toward the winged creature.
“Watching the kids when a butterfly lands on them is my favorite part of working here,” said Tina Rossi, a staff member. “They have the biggest grins on their faces.”
Rossi has been working at the butterfly house for three years. Part of her job is to explain to the eager children that the butterflies are fragile, and even the smallest child is a giant to the biggest butterfly.
Rossi also explained that every week, new butterflies arrive in the chrysalis stage from “butterfly breeders.” A “who’s flying” board informs the visitors which butterflies they should be on the lookout for that particular day.
The butterfly house is located at the corner of Kaneville and Peck roads. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.