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Get a close-up look at local butterflies Saturday at Tyler Arboretum

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In Tyler Arboretum’s purpose-built, 1,400 square foot Butterfly House, visitors to this year’s annual Butterfly Festival, Saturday, Aug. 22, will experience native butterflies, including: Eastern Tailed Blues; Great Spangled Fritillaries; Monarchs; Spicebush Swallowtails, Silver-spotted Skippers.
“This event offers visitors a unique opportunity to get a close-up look at local butterflies in all stages of development,” says Amy Mawby, Tyler Arboretum’s Director of Public Programs.
The Butterfly Festival presents visitors with informative, educational insight on attracting butterflies to their own back yards, and features native plants, caterpillars, chrysalises, and newly emerged butterflies.
Other highlights of the day will include:
• demonstrations of monarch butterfly tagging
• a display of butterfly attracting plants (courtesy of Redbud Native Plant Nursery),
• a live bee hive demonstration, courtesy of Edward Pieters, Ph.D. of Pieter’s Apiary,
• insect fun and education with Jon the Bugman,
• beer sampling courtesy of Yards Beer Garden from noon to 2 p.m.
“This promises to be a lively event for the whole family,” says Cricket Brien, Tyler Arboretum’s Executive Director, “We look forward to showcasing our butterflies, and we encourage visitors to explore Tyler’s 650 acres, and our 17 miles of trails.”
Admission to this rain or shine event is included with general admission. Gourmet pizza will be available to buy on the day of the event courtesy of the Pizza Wagon.
The Butterfly Festival is sponsored by Redbud Native Plant Nursery, of Media.
Tyler Arboretum is at 515 Painter Road, Media.

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