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Museum offers up-close encounters with butterflies, other species

July 21, 2018

HUNTINGTON — Insect lovers, take notice: The butterfly garden at the Huntington Museum of Art is in full bloom, drawing several species of butterflies and other pollinators to the grounds.

“I tried to arrange it so the garden would be in bloom all summer long,” Museum Conservatory Director Mike Beck said. “I’m hoping they stick around for another month and a half, maybe longer.”

Beck said constructing a butterfly garden requires careful planning before the season in order to attract the highest amount of insect traffic.

“It takes two kinds of plants. We needed some that produce nectar for the butterflies to drink, and we also needed host plants that the butterflies could lay eggs and raise caterpillars on.”

Six different species of butterflies have already been spotted in the garden in addition to multiple species of bees and flies. Beck said the Monarch butterfly, West Virginia’s state insect, can be easily spotted later in the month of August.

The butterfly garden and the museum’s nature trails are free and open to the public every day, even after business hours. The garden is located just off the main entrance to the parking lot.

Visitors can learn more about the butterfly garden and nature trails at the Huntington Museum of Art during normal business hours from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 per adult. Children under 18 are admitted for free. Admission is free for all on Tuesdays.

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