Due to overwhelming demand the Conservatory’s exhibition Butterflies & Blooms, a dazzling display of some of Nature’s most beautiful creatures in every stage of metamorphosis, has been extended through March 16, 2014. Visitors now have several more months to witness more than 20 species of colorful and familiar North American butterflies including magnificent monarchs, Western swallowtails, red admirals, and more.
“Tourists and locals alike can’t seem to get enough of Butterflies and Blooms,” says Lau Hodges, Director of Exhibitions and Operations. “We’ve seen a huge increase of visitors since the show’s opening, with lots of families returning multiple times to share the experience. We’re thrilled to be able to tell the critically important story of pollinators to so many people, so it looks like the butterflies will be home for the holidays!”
Butterflies & Blooms is a unique opportunity to walk amongst a wide variety of brightly colored seasonal blossoms while free-flying butterflies flit from flower to flower, drinking nectar and getting covered in pollen. The Butterfly Bungalow in the middle of the gallery lets visitors observe the pupae in their chrysalis stage. Many will be lucky enough to catch the moment when one of these winged beauties emerges.