Bandilaan Butterfly Farm
The Butterfly farm is located at Mount Bandilaan National Park and is one of the many tourist lures of the park itself. Totaling five hectares of land area, this butterfly sanctuary is a breeding haven for some 54 butterfly species and moths – all these in a lush 1,460 square meter botanical garden serving also as life support for the butterflies in both larval and adult stages.
The Butterfly Farm is under the wing of the Julian Jumalon Foundation which began in the early 1970’s. Through time, the sanctuary has unfolded into a world class breeding facility for many butterfly species and has received international recognition for its success. Professor Jumilon, the founder of the foundation, conducts technical training for the employees and staff of the Butterfly Farm to ensure its future well being.
It is no wonder why schools from all over the country carry out field trips for their classes to the Bandilaan Butterfly Farm because it is here you can find an extravagant display of its famous butterfly collection, said to be the oldest and one of the biggest in Asia. The collection is an accumulation of rare species as well as the more common ones which have been collected from the different areas in the country and around Asian region and the world.
The Butterfly Farm is also said to be the home of the butterfly with the biggest wingspan in Asia. In the museum, there are thousands of specimens preserved in their archives. Among these are various iridescent butterflies from around the world, the Kalima or dead leaf butterfly, colorful day flying moths of two continents, the Attacus Atlas which are the biggest moths in the world, Philatelic butterflies which are those used in rare stamps, Birdwing Butterfly specimens, Snow butterflies from the Swiss Alps, and Philippine moths. There are special educational lectures given several times in a week or upon special request.
The park’s prevailing ecological balance and cleanliness has attracted and collected many insect varieties too. Bugs, beetles and bees, wasps, spiders, frogs and birds are several of the living things that have made the park their natural habitat too. A walk through the park will enable you to see the vividly hued winged specimens amidst a green backdrop, hear the murmur of the cicadas and the tell tale croaking of the frogs and feel the cool mountain breeze touching your skin in what are all the sum total of the wonderful harmony of nature.