Monday, June 16, 2014

Pollinator Week: Monday

It’s Pollinator Week! All week long we will be celebrating by telling the stories of different pollinators here at Pacific Science Center. Let’s begin with the pollinator that came to visit:

Recently, a guest brought in a butterfly that she found near the Science Center. Our guest was concerned that it was one that had escaped from our Tropical Butterfly House. Fortunately, Lead Animal Caretaker Lauren Bloomenthal was able to identify it as a native species, Papilio rutulus, (Western Tiger Swallowtail). Lauren quickly released it back into the wild!

We get a few similar situations every summer, and we are delighted that our guests take containment so seriously. We are even more thrilled to know that the wild butterfly population is out there and that they are thriving in our dense urban setting.

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