Close encounters of the butterfly kind

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The Butterfly Exhibit, with over 50 varieties of live butterflies, is open for the season at Bowring Park. Shown here, a Scarlet Swallowtail butterfly perches on Newfoundland Insectarium director Lloyd Hollett. - Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

Geographic location: Bowring Park

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  • John W.
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    Absolutlely wonderful. I was down three times last year. It was just great to visit those little creatures. Especially liked the danaus plexippus. What a beautiful butterfly. Only wish we could see those here in Newfoundland. They are here sometimes, but very rare, since we dont have the butterfly plant, the milkweed. This plant is necessary, since the monarch will only use this as a host plant to lay its eggs. But I think, that is about to come to an end. Other than that, this milkweed plant is all across Canada, and they seem to be able to cope with it. Some may consider it an intrusive weed, but I see it as necessary and a necessity for the Monarch species. Long live the Monarch Butterfly.

  • Tammy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    This is one of my favorite places to go and I'm so happy it opened early this year. It's just fascinating to see so many beautiful butterflies. I especially love the warm climate of the exhibit compared to the weather we have going on outside.

  • John W.
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    Absolutlely wonderful. I was down three times last year. It was just great to visit those little creatures. Especially liked the danaus plexippus. What a beautiful butterfly. Only wish we could see those here in Newfoundland. They are here sometimes, but very rare, since we dont have the butterfly plant, the milkweed. This plant is necessary, since the monarch will only use this as a host plant to lay its eggs. But I think, that is about to come to an end. Other than that, this milkweed plant is all across Canada, and they seem to be able to cope with it. Some may consider it an intrusive weed, but I see it as necessary and a necessity for the Monarch species. Long live the Monarch Butterfly.

  • Tammy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    This is one of my favorite places to go and I'm so happy it opened early this year. It's just fascinating to see so many beautiful butterflies. I especially love the warm climate of the exhibit compared to the weather we have going on outside.