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The Monarch is Vermont's State Butterfly!

The Monarch is Vermont's State Butterfly!

August 22, 2017| Category: Fairbanks Museum

The Shippee Family Eyecare Butterfly House has closed for the season.

We said good-bye to the remaining Monarchs, Painted Ladies, and Red Admirals at the end of last week by releasing them with the help of students from our Balch Nature School and the Rutland School.

These native butterfly species were raised in our care during the summer, as we cultivated eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalises to regenerate native butterflies in the Shippee Family Eyecare Butterfly House. We created a nurturing habitat for each species, with plants that provide nectar and welcome eggs. We’ve learned a lot in the process!

We’ve heard from many visitors and have already embarked on plans for our butterfly house next summer … opening in June 2018.

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