Butterflies & Blooms visit

About two years ago The Chicago Botanic Garden implemented Butterflies & Blooms on its grounds.

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From late May to Labor Day, the garden has a tent that houses numerous exotic butterflies for the public’s viewing pleasure.

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It is a great way to get up close with these magical creatures.

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Morphos were abundant this year, and their fluttering always makes me catch my breath.

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They hardly open their wings when at rest, but in this enclosure, we were fortunate.

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The leafy butterflies offer lessons on camouflage.

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A Luna Moth drew gasps from many viewers.

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Longwings abound.

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Emerging butterflies can be viewed through a window.

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Atlas Moths were featured early in the season.

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So many jewels in the sky.

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Pops of color everywhere.

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It is a lovely respite from daily life.

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The reactions when they alight on visitors are lovely.

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Some provide lessons on the circle of life.

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I love strolling and circling and waiting for them to settle.

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Butterflies always give me a sense of awe and peace.

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The tent is gone until next year, but you can still view butterflies at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

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