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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

May 17, 2011

Butterflies and moths Nature Night

What: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center presents Nature Night with butterflies and moths. 

When: Friday, May 20, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX, 78739. Directions at www.wildflower.org

Background: This family event provides a great opportunity to learn what butterflies and moths eat and where they live. Create butterfly and moth art and learn new ways to interact with these insects. The Austin Bike Zoo will showcase Butterflies on Bikes! in a parade from 6-7:30 p.m. at the center. Walk the gardens with Samantha Elkinton and Val Bugh from 6:30 to 7:15 to learn butterfly gardening. Lucas Miller, the “singing zoologist,” performs songs and stories with images from 7:30 to 8 p.m. in the center auditorium. Visitors near the courtyard can observe live butterflies in the butterfly tent, sponsored by the Austin Butterfly Forum, and live cecropia moths at the center’s Insectary. In the Visitors Gallery, come make butterfly masks, hats and color moth patterns. The Capital Area Master Naturalists model the process of metamorphosis using pasta, and showcase beautiful insect photos. Enter to win a prize at the evaluation table in the Visitor’s Gallery.

For more information, call the Wildflower Center at 512.232.0100 or visit us at www.wildflower.org.

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