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Butterfly Exhibit Flutters Into Norwalk's Maritime Aquarium For Summer

The "Flutter Zone" will be at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk all summer. Photo Credit: Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
Hundreds of exotic tropical butterflies are included in the "Flutter Zone" exhibit. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Hundreds of exotic tropical butterflies are included in the "Flutter Zone" exhibit. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Hundreds of exotic tropical butterflies are included in the "Flutter Zone" exhibit. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Hundreds of exotic tropical butterflies are included in the "Flutter Zone" exhibit. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Hundreds of exotic tropical butterflies are included in the "Flutter Zone" exhibit. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Hundreds of exotic tropical butterflies are included in the "Flutter Zone" exhibit. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The "Flutter Zone" at Norwalk's Maritime Museum. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Hundreds of exotic tropical butterflies are included in the "Flutter Zone" exhibit. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Hundreds of exotic tropical butterflies are included in the "Flutter Zone" exhibit. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

NORWALK, Conn. -- In a special summer exhibit, the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is hosting "Flutter Zone," an immersive, walk-through butterfly exhibit, accompanied by the IMAX movie "Flutter Fun." 

The exhibit at the county's largest tourist attraction is certain to offer a new view of the butterfly. 

It features hundreds of exotic tropical butterflies of dozens of varieties from Asia, Africa and South America. Visitors can walk among them as they flitter and flutter about. Some may even choose to land on your head or arm.

Visitors also can watch the life cycle of butterflies unfold in a special section of the exhibit featuring the chrysalises, whose metamorphoses will keep the exhibit stocked with butterflies throughout the summer. Displays also emphasize the horticultural and agricultural importance of butterflies and other pollinators.

Plus, kids can enjoy our "Flutter Fun," daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by making a butterfly hat, helping to support monarch butterflies by planting milkweed in your backyard ($1 donation), learning about metamorphosis, playing a caterpillar to butterfly matching game, learning how to tell a butterfly from a moth, or conducting a butterfly symmetry exercise. Activities rotate so come back for something new each day.

The exhibit runs through Labor Day. It is included in the price of admission to the aquarium.

Want to check out the exhibit before you go? Visit the webcam from dawn to dusk to see the butterflies.  

For more info, go to www.maritimeaquarium.org.

 

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