By Jon Copsey
Have you seen butterflies sleep? They hang upside down under leaves and branches during the night. When the temperature warms up, they unfold their wings and start fluttering.
Experience the flying butterflies all month long at the Butterfly Encounter at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. This newly improved and expanded, enclosed space features hundreds of butterflies flitting around the native plants they love to eat.
It’s easy to get up close to the butterflies, and you even have a chance to feed them using a nectar stick. Each of the species in the encounter is native to Georgia, so you are sure to walk away more familiar with our local species and butterfly biology! Be sure to bring your camera, the Butterfly Encounter is an exhibit where memories are made, and photos that will become your personal keepsakes are taken.
The popular Monarch butterfly is just one of the colorful species you will find in the Butterfly Encounter. This butterfly is the only one known to migrate, from northern American down to Mexico, each year. What you may not know is that it only likes to lay eggs on the milkweed plant. If there are no milkweed plants available, the butterfly will not lay its eggs, leading to population decline. Like other pollinators, like bees, butterflies have an important role to play in our ecosystem.
The Butterfly Encounter outdoor exhibit is open daily until July 31, and is included with general admission to CNC and free to CNC members. For more information, visit www.chattnaturecenter.org.