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Butterflies: real and imaginary

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There are many ways to share the magical world of butterflies with our children.

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Read about them:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Kaito’s Cloth by Glenda Millard and illustrated by Gaye Chapman

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Explore your garden or local park and try to catch one with a butterfly net. Buy one at Target or Benny’s or online at butterflystores.com

Raise your own:
Buy a kit, complete with reusable mesh butterfly house and certificates for butterfly larvae. You will see something like this.

Become one:
Make your own butterfly wings with these how-to directions on the Family fun website.

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See them locally:

The Flutterby: Butterflies in Bloom runs from May 26 to September 1, 2008
Wander through a beautifully landscaped 2100-square foot greenhouse (located inside the zoo), filled with hundreds of free-flying butterflies.
Admission: Special ticket required for Flutterby exhibit ($3 Adults; $2 Kids, ages 3-13; Kids under three are free) in addition to regular Zoo admission.
Roger Williams Park Zoo – 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI
Phone: 401-785-3510

Painted Wings in Flight: Summer Butterfly Programs
Guided by expert naturalists, Audubon programs take you to fields and refuges throughout the state filled with thousands of butterflies. Find out more online at Butterflying with Audubon.
Admission: Varies, call for details.
Audubon Society of Rhode Island (ASRI)
Phone: 401-949-5454

Photos are from the “Flutterby: Butterflies n Bloom” in Exhibit. Photo credit: Douglas Itkin

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