FlutterbyHickory – One of Catawba Science Center’s most anticipated and beloved exhibits, the Flutter-By Butterfly Habitat,  returned to the Science Courtyard on Saturday, May 14.  Both children and adults will have the unique opportunity to see live butterflies and learn about these fascinating insects.

Visitors will learn about the life cycle of the butterfly as they stop by the butterfly nursery to examine the design, color, and texture of chrysalides containing future inhabitants of the Flutter-By Butterfly Habitat.

With a provided field guide, guests will discover an assortment of North Carolina native butterflies such as Monarchs, Swallowtails, and Fritillaries.  Guests will also have the opportunity to experience the presence of semitropical species such as Zebra Long Wing, Julia, and Queen butterflies.

Everyone will have the opportunity to learn about plants that attract butterflies.  Some provide nectar while others serve as a food plant for caterpillars.  A wide array of flowers, shrubs, and vines provide many different colors and shapes.

In conjunction with this special exhibition, a variety of special events are planned:

Photographer Mondays will be held on June 6, July 18, and August 22, while CSC exhibits are closed to the public, for photographers age 16 and older.  Members of the Catawba Valley Camera Club will be available to share photography tips.  There is a suggested donation of $10 for this activity. Preregistration is recommended.

Family Bug Day will be held on Saturday, June 11, from 10am – 3pm.  Educational and fun activities will include insect displays, Bug Bingo, Visit a Bee Keeper, Insect Races, and more.  All Family Bug Day activities are free with general and Flutter-By Admission.

Butterfly Lunches will occur on the second Wednesday of June, July and August from Noon – 1:30pm in the large choral room, and participants are asked to bring their own bagged lunch.  Topics will include “Butterflies and Moths” on June 8, “Butterfly Gardening” on July 13, and “Mysteries of Monarchs” on August 10.  Butterfly Lunches are free with general and Flutter-By Admission.

Two Family Field Trips have been planned, both to be led by CSC’s Lead Naturalist, Bruce Beerbower.  The first trip will be held on Monday, June 20, to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, NC, from 9am – 5pm.  Highlights include flowers of all colors, water features, and a visit to the Carolina’s only glass house at the Orchid Conservatory.  The cost is $30 for members and $40 for non-members.  The second field trip will occur on Monday, August 15, to the Magic Wings Butterfly House, a part of the Museum of Life and Science, in Durham, NC, from 8am – 6pm.  The group will explore exhibits, and receive a special behind the scenes tour of the Butterfly House and Insectarium.  The cost is $40 for members and $50 for non-members.  Costs for both trips include van transportation, snacks, and museum fees.  Participants must provide their own picnic lunch.  Pre-registration is required for both trips.

Admission to the Flutter-By Butterfly Habitat is free for CSC members.  The cost for non-members is CSC’s general admission fee plus $1.00. (Nonmember Adult $8.00, Senior (62+) $6.00, Youth (3 – 18) $6.00, Children (under 3) Free, Student (with ID) $6.00, Active Military (with ID) $6.00. Group Rate (10 or more) $6.00.

For more information about the Flutter-By Butterfly Habitat and activities, visit CatawbaScience.org or contact CSC at (828) 322-8169.

Lead sponsors for the Flutter-By Butterfly Habitat are Alex Lee, Lowes Foods, and MDI.  Individuals providing additional sponsorship are Jerry & Loudella Francis, Pope & Peggy Shuford, Tom & Diane Taylor, Alan & Eleanor Barnhardt, Karen Bennett & Andy Brinkley, George & Carolyn Moretz, David & Pat Jones, David & Martha Underdown, Rob & Townes Wessels, Chip & Lynn Young, Benny & Cherrie Yount, and other 2016 Italian Dinner Fund-A-Cause Supporters.

Catawba Science Center is a nonprofit science and technology museum serving NC’s western Piedmont region. Special attractions include featured exhibits, a digital planetarium theater and a marine touch pool with live sharks and stingrays. A community asset and regional destination,

Catawba Science Center is dedicated to changing lives and inspiring learning through science and wonder.

Funded in part by the United Arts Fund of Catawba County and the NC Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative, CSC is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory.