Butterfly Release at the Family Museum Print
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Written by Elly Gerdts   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:50

Bettendorf — On Saturday, April 28 at 11:30 a.m., Museum staff members will release Painted Lady butterflies raised this spring at the Family Museum. For approximately four weeks, guests have watched the caterpillars slowly transform into butterflies. If it is raining on Saturday, the release will be postponed to Tuesday, May 1 at noon. If weather is questionable, call (563)344-4106 day-of to confirm.

The Painted Lady butterfly is one of the most common butterflies in the world. Because of its wide range, it is sometimes called the Cosmopolitan. The larva (caterpillar) grows to about a half inch long, forms a chrysalis, and then emerges from the chrysalis seven to 10 days later as a butterfly.

The Butterfly Release is an annual spring event at the Family Museum. The release of these butterflies will take place in the Museum’s Outdoor Kingdom for Kids. For more information, contact Becky Ortner at (563) 344-4171. This event is included with paid admission or Museum membership.

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