Starting April 14- September 2, 2013, for the 15th year, 53 different species of butterflies will be inhabiting the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles at the Butterfly Pavilion! 20 of them alone are from our native state of California.
Additional to the beautiful butterflies, the gardeners of the Natural History Museum have incorporated native plants to provide the life giving nectar to our native butterflies. This helps tell the story of the wild butterflies and how we can help them survive in their native habitats.
A few species of butterflies that may be seen are:
- California Dogface- munches on the foliage of the Desert False Indigo is our State Butterfly.
- Painted Lady- eats the leaves of Bush Mallow
- Buckeye Butterfly- drinks the nectar of the Lilac Verbena flowers.
- Mourning Cloak- is black and cream and snacks on the Arroyo Willow leaves
The Pavilion is more than a beautiful place to come look at butterflies, it is also a teaching tool. You can learn about the migration, defense mechanisms, and plant interactions of the its winged inhabitants. The Museums goal is to share the whole life cycle. All stages are shown from egg to caterpillar to butterfly thanks to the host plants. There are plenty of Butterfly experts to answer any questions about the metamorphosis, butterfly anatomy, and breeding habits.
Extra Special Experience:
- Some butterflies seem to like landing on people in the Pavilion
- Certain colors and smells seem to attract them to visitors
- Other things that help attract them seem to be; hats, tall people, and standing still.
- Come when the Pavilion opens between 10-11AM before they get too much sun. They are more active.
It is in these gardens that adults and children alike learn how to plant their own Butterfly Gardens in their own backyards and school yards while learning about water conservation and edible gardening. They will also learn about "good bugs" and "bad bugs", which you want to stay in your gardens and which you need to get rid of.
At the indoor science hub, Nature Lab that opens on June 9, 2013, there will be the the Museum's Citizen Science initiatives. The Butterfly Survey is a project in partnership with Butterflies and Moths of North America(BAMONA) that aims to extend the Museum's Butterfly experience beyond the beyond the outdoor exhibits and into the community. For more information on NHM’s roster of citizen science projects, visit www.nhm.org/citizen science.
NHM's Master Gardener, Florence Nishida will offer a series of gardening classes to focus on:
- Creating good soil
- Knowing how much and how often to feed and water
- Vegetables from seed
- Sundays, April 7, 14, 21, and 28; 1-4:30
- Please call (213) 763-ED4U or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Members: $25 per class, $80 for all 4 classes in the series
Non-members: $30 per class, $100 for all 4 classes in the series
Discounted to $15 per class, and $50 for all 4 classes in the series for residents of zip codes 90006, 90007, 90008, 90011, 90015, 90016, 90018, 90037, 90062, 90089
- Adults, $15; College students and seniors,
- $11; Children ages (3-12)
- $6; Museum members and children under 2 are free.
- Adults, $12;
- Students and Seniors, $9;
- Children (3-12), $5.
- Museum Members and children age 2 and under are admitted for free.
- Saturday and Sunday, May 18/19
- Biggest bug festival in North America
- 70 vendors to buy bugs and merchandise
- Entomology Curator Dr. Brian Brown and others are on hand to answer questions
- Live animal presentations
- Citizen science projects
- Live Music
- Greatest bug chefs in the world!
- More info at www.nhm.org/bugfair
About the Natural History Museum
- Serves close to 1 million visitors/year
- National leader in research, exhibitions and education
- Opened in 1913
- 35 million objects in their collection
- Some objects are 4.5 billion years old!
- Turns 100 years old this year
- The Natural History Museum(Exposition Park)
- Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits (Hancock Park/Mid Wilshire)
- William S. Hart Park and Museum(Newhall, California)
- Nature Gardens, 3 1/2 acres of nature and urban wildlife experiences
- Nature Lab and their indoor component
- The glass enclosed Otis Booth Pavilion
- The NHM's landmark exhibition on the cultural and environmental history of Los Angeles, opens July 14, 2013.