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Butterfly Pavilion Takes Flight at NHM

butterflyThis just in from the Natural History Museum “The Butterfly Pavilionthe living habitat where hundreds of butterflies flutter among nectaring plants, returns for its 16th year at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) on April 13, 2014. The Pavilion will again be home to California natives and travelers from across North America. But it will have a distinctive subtropical feel as well, with showy new species from the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas- Mexico border. Of the 30 species of butterflies, 20 will be native to the Golden State and 10 will arrive from south Florida and Texas.

Visitors can watch daily First Flights, during which Museum staff release butterflies that have just emerged from their chrysalises into the Pavilion. Outside, we’re also attracting butterflies at a new Monarch Waystation where the creature’s whole lifecycle can be seen on milkweed plants — eggs, caterpillars, chrysalis, and adult butterflies. NHM Gallery Interpreters, schooled in butterfly facts and carrying iPads loaded with images of each life stage, will be in the Pavilion daily to answer visitors’ questions about metamorphosis, butterfly anatomy, and breeding habits.

Member Preview Days are April 11-12, 10 am to 5 pm. Museum Members and children age 2 and under are admitted to Butterfly Pavilion for free. Special ticketed admission applies to the Butterfly Pavilion. Prices for general admission plus the Pavilion are as follows: Adults, $17; College students and seniors, $14; Children ages (3-12), $8; Museum members and children under 2 are free. Regular Museum admission is: Adults, $12; Students and Seniors, $9; Children (3-12), $5. Museum Members and children age 2 and under are admitted for free.  We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance at nhm.org. Tickets go sale online March 15.

Save the Date: Bug Fair

In further celebration of the winged and creepy-crawly, the Museum hosts the 28th annual Bug Fair on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18 this year. The biggest bug festival in North America, the Bug Fair offers visitors an opportunity to buy bugs and bug merchandise from more than 70 vendors, see outstanding collections, and learn about the world of arthropods and arachnids with help from the Museum’s Entomology Curator Dr. Brian Brown and many other Museum scientists. Fun activities include live animal presentations, citizen science projects, crafts, live music, and tastings from some of the greatest bug chefs in the world. For more information, visit www.nhm.org/bugfair.

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