That Time I Had a Butterfly Land on My Face

It was a spur-of-the-moment excursion brought on by my stubborn, completist streak. I only had an hour before we had to leave for the airport, but I had used every coupon but one in my Seattle CityPASS. The last remaining coupon was for Pacific Science Center, which was less than a block from our hotel.

Pacific Science Center Seattle exterior

Owing to my status as an insomniac, I was ready to go bright and early, so rather than obnoxiously waiting around for Jane to get ready, I decided to leave her be and flit across to the science centre and see what I could see in the time I had available. Ironically, there was an exhibit on Sleep that I found visually interesting, if not all that informative. I raced through the planetary exhibit that looked cool but was mainly aimed at children. Somewhere along my path I passed a maze full of naked mole rats. What I had in my sights, and was racing around to find, was the Butterfly exhibit, where they have a room full of living butterflies.

Pacific Science Center butterfly wall

Pacific Science Center what do butterflies eatI soon found the Tropical Butterfly House, and after being checked over by the attendant, I was allowed to enter. There were butterflies soaring all over the place. This isn’t my first butterfly rodeo and, as expected, the room had feeding stations where the butterflies landed to enjoy some sugary nectar. They would also land on the branches of the trees and plants. Occasionally they might land on a person’s shoulder or their sleeve. I took a load of really terrible pictures because I was in too much of a hurry.

Pacific Science Center butterfly jacketWhile I was gingerly shooting selfies of the butterfly that had landed on my jacket, it startled me by leaping off my jacket landing on my eyebrow and latching onto it for dear life! Luckily I already had the camera in position to snap a photo, as I doubt I would have had the presence of mind to do so. Why? Because it feels really weird to have a butterfly gripping your eyebrow hairs as though its life depended on it.

An employee noticed my odd demeanor, and clued in to what has transpiring. “Oh my God! I’ve never seen them do that!” She exclaimed. Standing there with the main attraction attached to my face, I realized that I was out of time and had to get back to the hotel urgently. The butterfly lingered a moment or two longer, then released its grip and flew away.

Steph butterfly face Pacific Science Center

I similarly flew back to the hotel. I stopped long enough for the attendant to check that I wasn’t smuggling any butterflies out, or rather than none were stowing away, on my person, and then I sprinted back in a frenzy. I arrived to find Jane waiting in the lobby for our airport shuttle to arrive.

Boy, did I ever have a story to tell her…


Disclosure and acknowledgements: Many thanks to CityPASS for providing me with my Seattle coupon book. Thanks also to Jane for putting up with my nonsense.


  1. Ha! We have a Butterfly Pavilion outside of Denver and I’ve taken my kids several times. The butterflies always seem to land on my head, making the kids die laughing.

  2. How cool! I love butterflies, had one lingering over me over at the butterfly house at the Singapore zoo. Was much fun and I’m sure it was a run experience for you too!

  3. We had a chance to visit the butterfly conservatory at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden. None landed on my face but I totally understand the fascination, even if my kids didn’t.

  4. That’s such a great photo with the butterfly on your eyebrow! I think I would have had to check the last thing off my my CityPass too–especially if it was only a couple blocks away. Looks like a great last stop!

  5. Lovely butterfly, and I love your story which comes with it 🙂

    I would bet a million dollars that I’ve seen this very specific butterfly design in my garden last week 🙂

    Love the blog, especially the design 🙂

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