Before heading out to the desert, S and I took advantage of our NHM memberships (Thank you special K!) and went to check out the butterfly pavilion before it opened to the public. Click "read more" to see our review and images from our experience.
What I'm guessing is a Tailed Copper.
The Pavilion showcases 20 species of butterflies native to California and 10 species from areas like south Florida and Texas. The NHM fills the pavilion with fully grown butterflies but some of the butterflies will mate and lay eggs as well.
Make sure you get there on time! S and I were a bit late and they still made us leave at the end of our scheduled session. To really enjoy the full experience, I would recommend getting there early!
The plants and butterflies are extremely beautiful, and it's a lovely addition to the museum, but if you're expecting something like the Butterfly Habitat at Six Flags discovery kingdom.... prepare to be let down. The structure isn't incredibly large in size, and the decor feels more like visiting your grandparents than a jungle. Never the less, it's a magical experience to be so close to so many butterflies!
The Butterfly Pavilion is open through Monday, September 4. Get your timed tickets online now by clicking here!
Gorgon Coppers in a citrus tree