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*Last entry is an hour before closing

Butterflies in the Garden

EXOTIC BUTTERFLIES TO TAKE FLIGHT AT THE FORT WORTH BOTANIC GARDEN

Leave your passport at home and come to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden to experience some of the planet’s most beautiful pollinators in one convenient place. Butterflies in the Garden, presented by Central Market, will take flight, March 1 through April 14, in the Rainforest Conservatory. One of the Garden’s most anticipated seasonal exhibits, guests will enjoy thousands of breathtaking exotic and native butterflies as they flutter through the lush foliage and tropical flowers in the conservatory. Butterflies in the Garden is the largest exhibit of live, exotic butterflies in north central Texas. 

See butterflies of every size and hue, including Central American butterflies such as the Starry Night Butterfly (Hamadryas Iaodamia), the Mosaic (Colobura dirce), the elegant Glass Wing (Greta oto), the Pink-Spotted Cattleheart (Parides photinus), the green Malachite (Siproeta stelenes), the Tiger Longwing (Heliconius hecale), and the Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides). Species from North and South America, Africa, and Asia will also be flittering from flower to flower. Two lepidopterists, specialists in the study of butterflies and moths, will be onsite to oversee pupae arrivals and monitor the health of the Garden’s visiting butterflies once they emerge.  

“There is no one place in nature where you could go to see the wide variety of butterflies that are a part of the Garden’s extraordinary exhibit,” said visiting lepidopterist Lucy Milas G. Salik, Ph.D. “It’s exciting to be able not only to share their beauty with guests, but also to educate them on the importance of these powerful pollinators.” 

In nature, butterflies play a vital role as pollinators for many plants and flowers. These winged wonders inadvertently collect pollen on their legs as they land on flowers and then transfer it to other blooms they encounter. This process promotes cross-pollination and genetic diversity in plant groups. A massive 80 percent of land plants are pollinated by insects and animals.  

Tickets for timed entrance to the butterfly exhibit may be purchased online at fwbg.org. Online admission prices are $12 for adults (16-64), $10 for seniors (65+), $8 for children (6-15), and free for children five and under. Combo tickets for both the butterfly exhibit and the Garden are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $12 for children.  Don’t miss out on this rare display of butterfly beauty!

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MARIPOSAS EXÓTICAS TOMAN VUELO EN EL JARDÍN BOTÁNICO DE FORT WORTH

Deja tu pasaporte en casa y ven al Jardín Botánico de Fort Worth disfrutar de algunos de los polinizadores más bellos del planeta. Mariposas en el Jardín, presentado por Central Market, emprenderá vuelo, del 1 de marzo al 14 de abril, en el Rainforest Conservatory. Esta exhibición es una de las más esperadas del Jardín.  Visitantes disfrutarán de miles de impresionantes mariposas exóticas y nativas mientras aletean a través del follaje y flores tropicales en el invernadero. Mariposas en el Jardín es la exhibición más grande de mariposas exóticas vivas en el centro norte de Texas.  

Observa mariposas de todos los tamaños y tonos, incluidas mariposas centroamericanas como la mariposa Tronada azul (Hamadryas iaaodamia), la cebra de yarumo (Colobura dirce), la elegante mariposa de cristal (Greta oto), la mariposa corazón de manchas rosas (Parides photinus), la malaquita esmeralda (Siproeta stelenes), la mariposa tigre cola larga (Heliconius hecale) y la morpho azul (Morpho peleides). Especies del norte y sur América, África y Asia también volaran de flor en flor. Dos lepidópteros, especialistas en el estudio de mariposas y polillas, estarán presentes para supervisar la llegada de las pupas y vigilar la salud de las mariposas cuando emerjan. 

“No hay un solo lugar en la naturaleza donde se pueda ir a ver la variedad de mariposas que forman parte de la extraordinaria exhibición del Jardín”, dijo la lepidóptera visitante Lucy Milas, Ph.D. “Es emocionante poder no solo compartir su belleza con los visitantes, sino también educarlos sobre la importancia de estos poderosos polinizadores”.

En la naturaleza, las mariposas juegan un papel vital como polinizadores de muchas plantas y flores. Estas maravillas recogen inadvertidamente el polen en sus patas cuando se posan en las flores y luego lo transfieren a otras flores que encuentran. Este proceso promueve la polinización cruzada y la diversidad genética en los grupos de plantas. Un 80 por ciento de las plantas terrestres son polinizadas por insectos y animales.

Los boletos de entrada programada a la exhibición de mariposas se pueden comprar en línea en fwbg.org. Los precios de admisión en línea son de $12 para adultos (16-64), $10 para personas mayores (65+), $8 para niños (6-15) y gratis para niños menores de cinco años. Los boletos combinados tanto para la exhibición de mariposas como para el Jardín cuestan $22 para adultos, $20 para personas mayores y $12 para niños. ¡No te pierdas esta rara exhibición de belleza de mariposa!

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