Butterflies and Blooms

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Butterfly Atrium at Chicago Botanic Garden

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Entrance into Butterflies and Blooms Exhibit at Chicago Botanic Garden

Later, we walked to an enclosed netted structure, Butterflies and Blooms, one of our favorite places, where hundreds of butterflies flew around us, landing on our heads and hands. It was filled with species native to South America, Asia, North America, and Africa. I just loved the Blue-banded Swallowtail and Clipper.  Passionate volunteers enthusiastically answered questions and introduced us to the nursery, where two Monarch butterflies had just hatched.

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Inside Butterflies and Blooms Atrium in a Butterfly Friendly Environment

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Some Butterflies enjoy eating rotting fruit as you see this Butterfly resting on dish of fruit

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Signage depicting Butterflies desire for rotted fruit

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Some butterflies seem to interact with people as you see this butterfly resting on my daughter’s hand.

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Butterfly in its natural environment

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Another butterfly in its natural environment

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Butterfly in its natural enviroment inside atrium

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A butterfly sunning itself on plant leave

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Butterfly sunning Itself on a plant leaf

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Butterflies coming to life in an incubation chamber (nursery) within the atrium

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