Gayle Anderson was live in Downtown Los Angeles at Exposition Park for the opening of the BUTTERFLY PAVILION, the living habitat where hundreds of butterflies flutter among nectaring plant at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) on Sunday, April 14th. She introduces us to various types of caterpillars and the process it takes for them to turn into beautiful butterflies.
Gayle Anderson was live in Downtown Los Angeles at Exposition Park for the opening of the BUTTERFLY PAVILION, the living habitat where hundreds of butterflies flutter among nectaring plant at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) on Sunday, April 14th.
This outdoor exhibit features 53 butterfly species, including 20 that are native to the Golden State. Also, the museum’s gardeners have incorporated native plants, which are a natural food source for the California species, in order to tell the story of how butterflies survive in the wild. Visitors can see the state butterfly, the California dogface, munching on the foliage of the desert false indigo as well as the painted lady and the buckeye butterfly.
Once inside the pavilion, visitors can learn about the migration, defense mechanisms, and plant interactions of the pavilion’s winged inhabitants. In addition, museum staff will be in the pavilion, schooled in butterfly facts and carrying iPads loaded with images of each transformational stage of the butterflies, to answer questions and help careful observers pinpoint the eggs, caterpillars, and some of the pupae of the butterflies.
Because of the open nature of the exhibit, some lucky visitors may have butterflies land on their arms or shoulders. There are many theories about why some people make more attractive perches than others, including clothing colors and smells. Butterflies in the pavilion have often landed on individuals who stand still, are tall and wear a hat.
The best flight time in the Pavilion is after it opens every day between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., since butterflies like the sun, and are often looking for shade in the afternoon.
Opening Sunday, June 9th, the new Nature Garden is a 3.5 acre outdoor living laboratory that offers a range of activities for visitors to help them discover and engage in the natural world of Los Angeles, a biodiversity hotspot. This exhibit contains butterfly-friendly greenery to attract the butterfly species that breed well in open outdoor spaces, including the fiery skipper and the gray hairstreak. At the Nature Garden’s hands-on gardening workshops, homeowners and school children can learn how to create a butterfly garden in their own backyard or schoolyard, as well as get tips on edible gardening and water conservation.
Also, the NHM will offer gardening classes that focus on different techniques to help you grow your own vegetable garden at home. There are three Sunday classes left on April 14th, April 21st and April 28th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost per class is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Residents of zip codes 90006, 90007, 90008, 90011, 90015, 90016, 90018, 90037, 90062, and 90089 can register for a discounted rate at $15 per class. To register, please call (213) 763-ED4U or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Special ticketed admission applies to the Butterfly Pavilion. Prices for general admission plus the Pavilion are as follows: $15 for Adults, $11 for college students and seniors, $6 for children (ages 3-12) and FREE for Museum members and children under 2. Regular Museum admission is: $12 for Adults, $9 for students and seniors, $5 for children (ages 3-12), and FREE for members and children under 2.
Make sure to check out the 27th Annual Bug Fair on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and May 19, 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 anthropods and arachnids. Fun activities include live animal presentations, citizen science projects, crafts, live music and some of the greatest bug chefs in the world. For more information, visit NHM.
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is a national leader in research, exhibitions, and education. The NHM was the first dedicated museum building in Los Angeles, opening its doors in 1913. This year, NHM celebrates its 100th birthday. It has amassed one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history with more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years.
The Natural History Museum is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Sunday, April 14th through Monday, September 2, 2013
THE BUTTERFLY PAVILION
Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007
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