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The Butterflies are Coming! The Butterflies are Coming!

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Once again, the Natural History Museum will be opening up its Butterfly Pavilion, where patrons can "wing it" with hundreds of free-flying butterflies in a fun, interactive environment. This is the 13th year the seasonal attraction is operating at the Museum.

The NHM describes what they'll have:

Fluttering through the landscaped Pavilion on the Museum’s South Lawn will be hundreds of free-flying butterflies and moths. Yellow and black giant swallowtails, multi-colored painted ladies, and our state butterfly — the California dogface — are some of the more than 55 species of bright, majestic butterflies and super-sized moths which fill the air around visitors. Of these species, more than half are native to California and all are native to North America.

There's the opportunity to learn about the world of butterflies and the beautiful creatures' migration, life cycles, and how they work in harmony with the rest of nature. If you're one of the lucky, you might be a stopping point on a butterfly or two's fluttering journey in the venue, as many of them alight on patrons.

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This year, the Pavilion will also be home to some giant moth specimens, like the "polyphemus moths (named for the Greek myth of the Cyclops because of its large purple eyespots), sphinx moths (also called the hawk moths, because of their distinctive flight patterns), and the California dogface butterfly (Zerene eurydice), our official state insect."

The Pavilion is open April 10th through September 5th. Tickets are structured as follows: Adults $3; Students and seniors $2; Children 5-12 $1; Museum members and children under 5 are FREE. Regular Museum admission is separate and as follows: Adults $9; Students, seniors and Youths (13-17) $6.50; Children (5-12) $2. Museum members and children under 5, FREE.