Lev Bely, 24.03.2012 16:50
How to tell the difference between moths and butterflies except knowing the fact that some are active during the day and others at night? The Montreal Botanical Garden makes it clear with over than 2000 alive butterflies and moths which flitting about in the two Botanical Garden greenhouses, the Main Exhibition Greenhouse and the Fern Greenhouse.
This is a 15th “Butterflies Go Free” exhibition where one may know lots of curious things about butterflies and moths. The exhibition accompanied with a short introductory presentation Bug Bites to answer most asked questions about butterflies.
The Montreal Botanical Garden has also a separate spacious insectarium with live exhibits and insect collections to name one of the most interesting that shows bright iridescent birdwings. Legend says first explorers mistook Ornithoptera for birds and the very Ornithoptera name means “a bird wing”.
These days birdwings are a subject of scientists researches, the species is listed by CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. The Montreal Botanical Garden exposition is unique indeed since birdwings are showed for the first time in North America outside a museum.
The Main Exhibition Greenhouse: 10:00 & 11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 & 4:00 p.m.
“Butterflies Go Free” exhibition: February 16 to April 29, 2012, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. Open Mondays: February 27, March 5 and April 9 (open during Easter weekend).
List of exhibition species: http://www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/insectarium/en/index.php?section=64&intParent=4&page=aff_vivariums&liste=14&nom=Papillons%20en%20libert%E9.
The Montréal Botanical Garden, http://www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin
Photo: The Montréal Botanical Garden, http://www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin
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