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Idlewild Butterfly Farm is a USDA-certified insectarium and butterfly farm in the heart of Louisville.

Rethink your relationship with bugs

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Louisville’s place to be for bug & butterfly lovers

A totally unique urban farm & insectarium

We are a working farm - we just have tiny livestock! From butterflies and bees to beneficial insects for biological pest control, the entomologists at Idlewild Butterfly Farm have been rearing insects since 2009 and open to the public since 2015. It’s the place to be for bug, butterfly, and nature lovers.

Louisville’s butterfly farm

We raise our own regional native butterflies on our dedicated butterfly farm. Visit us to see how butterflies are raised, learn the importance of wild pollinators, learn about pollinator and butterfly gardening, buy butterfly garden plants, or purchase butterflies for release or butterfly life cycle kits! Our on-site butterfly flight house and butterfly garden is an unforgettable experience for all ages.

Bizarre and beautiful bugs

There’s more than just butterflies at Idlewild Butterfly Farm! Our facility is also home to our USDA-approved insectarium where we house and raise exotic insect species from all over the globe. Visitors can experience some of the most bizarre and beautiful insects out there.

eco-friendly business

We are committed to promoting sustainable and ecologically-friendly agricultural practices, from insecticide alternatives to pollinator habitat cultivation. Our gift shop features curated goods from small vendors and fair-trade imports.



We welcome visitors at Idlewild Butterfly Farm! Open to the public for sightseeing, shopping, tours, field trips and more.


We produce beautiful farm-raised butterflies for education, exhibit, and release. Take home one of our metamorphosis kits or add a butterfly release to your special occasion.



upcoming events

Come Do Something New & Fun!

Check out our schedule of workshops, classes, and special dates at Idlewild.


Unique products & gifts

Our gift shop is home to a curated selection of unique gifts and souvenirs for all ages. From books and toys to home and garden goods - even jewelry and framed specimens made from real butterflies and insects!

If you’re unable to visit in person, you can find a selection of our items available through our online webstore.