Flight of the Butterflies
Flight of the Butterflies
An awe-inspiring tale of extraordinary insect endurance and human perseverance.
Flight of the Butterflies is an interconnected scientific adventure story that spans thousands of miles and generations. It’s about the remarkable monarch butterfly migration, the longest known insect migration on Earth, and the determined Canadian scientist who spent 40 years trying to discover exactly where the butterflies mysteriously disappeared when they flew south for winter.
The film tells an amazing story of scientific discovery. Dr. Fred Urquhart's obsession with monarchs started in his youth. His passion became his profession as he went on to become a university professor. Along with his wife Norah, he founded the Insect Migration Association, enlisting thousands of volunteer citizen scientists across North America to tag hundreds of thousands of butterflies to track their migration route. This association ultimately helped Dr. Urquhart discover, in 1975, that millions of butterflies migrated to the remote Transvolcanic Belt of central Mexico.
Danaus plexippus or Dana for short, is the monarch the fim follows on her perilous journey from Mexico to Canada, along with her daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter. The outstanding fourth, or “Super Generation” of butterflies travels more than 2,000 km south, all the way from the northern United States and southern Canada to Mexico, overwinters and makes one final short trip to the southern United States to lay eggs. Then, the cycle begins again. It is one incredible trip you won’t want to miss.
This family film provides combines spectacular cinematography with a remarkable story of scientific discovery. The film is rated G and shows daily at TELUS World of Science - Edmonton. Ticket prices and showtimes are listed below.
Learn more about Flight of the Butterflies produced by SK Films.
Butterfly Fun at Home
Download the following butterfly themed colouring sheets:
For Educators and School Groups
Join us and have the life-cycle of the butterfly unfold right in front of you, as your students are whisked away by this amazing insect and how it adapts to its environment in a very unique way.
A free Educational Resource Guide for Flight of the Butterflies is available. Download your copy to prepare for your visit.
May 21 to June 3, 2013
* Bugs! will show at 11am on May 22 instead of The Human Body
** To The Arctic will show at 10am on May 24 instead of The Human Body
† Bugs! will show at 10am on May 28 instead of Beavers
- Programs and schedules subject to change without notice.
+ 1 IMAX film
2 IMAX films
|Youth (13-17), Student with ID||$14.95||$11.95||$21.95||$19.00|
|Family (2 adults + 4 children/youths)||$71.95||$54.95||$117.95||$87.95|
|Youth (13-17), Student with ID||FREE||$5.98|
*General Admission includes all Exhibit Galleries, Science Demonstrations and Full-Dome shows.