butterflies http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/80/all en The Flight of Monarch Butterfly 64365 http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/flight-monarch-butterfly-64365 <p>Somewhere in L.A. a monarch egg hatched and out popped a tiny girl caterpillar. That caterpillar ate, and ate, and ate. She ate milkweed, the only plant she could, until she molted her skin. All told, she molted four times until she was a big, fat, stripy caterpillar with black tentacles. She made one last molt and formed a bright green chrysalis with shining golden spots. Two weeks later she emerged from that chrysalis as an adult, and then she flew. On November 17, 2014 she was spotted in the Museum&rsquo;s Nature Gardens. She was caught in a net, and gently removed by skilled hands.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/flight-monarch-butterfly-64365" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/flight-monarch-butterfly-64365#comments butterflies Citizen Science Monarch butterfly monarchs Nature Gardens Southwest Monarch Study Blog Wed, 20 May 2015 20:51:47 +0000 Lila Higgins 869 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Rotting Fruit and Puddle Parties: Check out the Butterfly Pavilion! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/rotting-fruit-and-puddle-parties-check-out-butterfly-pavilion <p>It is that time of year again! Sunday is the opening of our Butterfly Pavilion, and although we still have hundreds of free-flying butterflies there's a lot that has changed out there. We have replanted the entire space, adding many more nectar and host plants for adults and caterpillars. We have also added new food sources for some of the adult butterflies that aren't quite so partial to sipping nectar!</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/rotting-fruit-and-puddle-parties-check-out-butterfly-pavilion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/rotting-fruit-and-puddle-parties-check-out-butterfly-pavilion#comments Battus philenor Buckeye butterfly butterflies Butterfly Pavilion Junonia coenia Lydia Gotcher Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa Pipevine Swallowtail Shawna Joplin Blog Sat, 07 Apr 2012 04:59:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 702 at http://www.nhm.org/nature