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Discover the secret lives of a captive (and captivating!) group of insects while exploring the Delaware Nature Society's Butterfly House at Ashland Nature Center
Peek under a milkweed leaf to observe pin-sized monarch eggs.
Find a swallowtail chrysalis hanging from a spicebush twig.
Witness hungry caterpillars munching on their favorite food.
This 18 ft. x 30 ft. mesh greenhouse is home to about 15 species of butterflies and moths including great spangled fritillaries, monarchs, swallowtails, painted ladies and cecropias. Unlike other exhibits, it is a complete ecosystem, containing water, shelter, food and host plants for each species. Programs focus on the mysteries of metamorphosis, the food web and the importance of habitats. Guided tours with a Delaware Nature Society teacher-naturalist include exploration with nets in nearby meadows and an investigation inside the Butterfly House.
Funding to remodel the Butterfly House was provided by "The Christmas Shop Foundation."
Seasonal Hours of Operation
Opens: July 13, 2012
Closes: August 25, 2012
Hours: Weekdays, 9:00 - 4:00 PM, Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
DNS members - Free (no reservations needed)
Non-members: free with paid trail fee (no reservations needed)
A facilitator will be on hand 2 - 4 pm each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday during July and August to answer questions, provide information, and reveal eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalids that often hide in plain sight.
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Other DNS Facilities
Ashland Nature Center
Abbott's Mill Nature Center
Coverdale Farm Preserve