PHOENIX – The Desert Botanical Garden is celebrating the opening of its Fall Butterfly Exhibition.
âWe’re open for the fall exhibit. This is our mighty minor exhibit, so we’re featuring the monarch butterfly, which is really iconic in the southwest region of course,â said Lauren Warren, director of the Desert Botanical Garden exhibits.
Visitors will also see 12 other species of butterflies native to the region inside the exhibit.
“We have about 1,500 or more in space at any given time. We also have our host plant just playing with us. Caterpillars are potentially egg-laying butterflies, as well as a display of pupae,” he said. said Warren.
Researchers in the garden work year round to protect the butterfly, making sure their environment is rich in plants they can survive on.
âWe have a great program in the garden called ‘Army Milkweed Growth.’ That’s all that really helps highlight the need for the environment to help maintain the monarch, as well as the queen of butterflies, âWarren said.
Milkweed is crucial in helping butterfly species thrive.
âMilkweed is the specific plant that butterflies can lay their eggs on and caterpillars can eat, so it’s really vital for them to continue as a species to have this plant,â Warren said.
After visiting the exhibit, people can go to the garden center and buy milkweed to plant at home.
âYou’re going to want to put it in your yard. You’re going to want it to be in a relatively shady place, a place where it will be really interesting and useful for a butterfly,â Warren said.
The exhibition is open every day of the week.
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