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Experience the Magic of Butterflies at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
Posted on March 21, 2013 at 9:55:29 am by Lauren C.
Butterflies are magical. Now imagine seeing them up and close! You can experience the beauty of this species firsthand at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. A recurring exhibit, this time guests can enjoy the butterflies, along with the music of Africa. howy butterfly specimens from the Old and New World join species imported from tropical Africa to mesmerize visitors as they get a close look in the display tent. Varieties include the Blue Morpho and friendly Owl butterflies, as well as a variety of swallowtail and brushfooted species. Guests can explore the sounds and rhythms of the drum, shekere, and other native percussion instruments from different regions of the great African continent. There is something surreal about being in a room full of butterflies fluttering around, among the flowers. Last year I went on a a date to the exhibit with my now boyfriend, and the butterflies in the background really made for a memorable experience. We still talk about that date, nearly a year later! Insider's Note: The conservatory asks guests to go through air locks after the exhibit to make sure there are no "stowaways." These butterflies are endangered, so it is a federal offense to remove them from the exhibit. The exhibit runs April 13-July 7. Hours are : Tuesday-Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Thursday 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday 12 Noon to 4 pm. Admission rates are: $5 Adults ; $3 Children (ages 3-17). Children 2 and under are free.