A Brush with Butterflies

Are you looking for a close-up encounter with natural beauty or hoping to find a fun, educational experience for the whole family? Witness the fascinating transformation of butterflies and learn more about their importance to our ecosystem through the butterfly house, a new exhibit at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. The butterfly house is a greenhouse inhabited by monarch and painted lady butterflies. Visitors can observe butterflies in all stages of their lives—caterpillars and chrysalises as well as their full-fledged adult forms. For a $5 fee, visitors can feed the adult butterflies using a sponge brush sprinkled with juice. Feeding times are 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and require a reservation. General entry to the butterfly house is free with museum admission. —Bailey Soderberg

The butterfly house is open through Sept. 4. To make a feeding reservation, call 508-896-3867, ext. 133. Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main St., Brewster.

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