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PNM Butterfly Pavilion reopens for the summer season.

Butterflies Flutter into the Botanic Garden

A morpho butterfly pauses in the sun. Photo by Ralph Charlton.

May 17, 2013

Summer is almost here, and the PNM Butterfly Pavilion reopens Friday, May 24 for butterfly enthusiasts and outdoor lovers alike. Observe more than thirty species of stunning butterflies as they flutter about the enclosure. Enjoy the Pavilion from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily (hours extended until 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays between Memorial Day and Labor Day). The exhibit will be open through early October, weather permitting.

Butterfly species living in the Pavilion this year include tropical and native butterflies. Blue morphos, paper kites and giant owl butterflies will mingle with our native monarchs, queens, zebra longwings, Mexican blue wings and banded oranges. Around 500 butterflies will be flying, resting and feeding in the exhibit at any given time.

"The Butterfly Pavilion offers guests an unforgettable experience with free-flying butterflies in a beautiful environment," said Ralph Charlton, Curator of Invertebrates. "In addition to butterflies, BioPark guests can see amazing arthropods from our collection. Each week, our staff brings out something different from caterpillars and tarantulas to grasshoppers and millipedes."

Spot colorful butterflies eating hanging fruits or collecting nectar from flowers and feeders. Vines and tropical plants provide butterfly perches, shade, color and pleasant aromas throughout the exhibit. Be sure to check out the chrysalis hatching window and special insect and arachnid displays. For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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