Butterfly Pavilion

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Gayle Anderson is live in Downtown Los Angeles to explore the BUTTERFLY PAVILION at the Natural History Museum, the living habitat where hundreds of butterflies flutter among nectaring plants.

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 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.

For more information, contact:

Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 763-DINO

If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com