Marc Bence /for metro edmonton


Avery Brisebois, 5, reacts to a butterfly landing on her face in the Butterfly House in the Sportex building during Capital Ex yesterday. The room contains more than 4,000 butterflies from more than 40 different species.


Looks like this year’s Capital Ex could be heading for the record books thanks to thousands of flying critters that are catching the eyes of midway attendees.

The Explore Butterfly exhibit inside the Sportex building could be listed in the Guinness World Records for having the most contained butterflies in one tent, according to the exhibit’s butterfly expert, David Bohlken.

“There is no category for this in the Guinness Book of Records, but I am hoping that after Capital Ex, it will be in there,” said Bohlken, a resident of Oklahoma.

“This is the most butterflies that have ever been contained in a tent all at once. As you can see, it’s packed in here with the butterflies.”

Inside the tent yesterday, hundreds of people stared in awe of the exotic insects that landed on their shoulders, backs and heads.

“I’ve always loved butterflies since I was a kid ... and now I get to show butterflies all over the world,” Bohlken said.