Butterfly Release at the Family Museum

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

On Sunday, May 9 at 2 p.m., the Family Museum will release Painted Lady butterflies raised this spring in honor of Earth Day. For approximately four weeks, guests have been able to watch the caterpillars slowly transform into butterflies.

The Painted Lady butterfly is one of the most common butterflies in the world. Because of its wide range, it is sometimes called the Cosmopolitan. The larva (caterpillar) grows to about a half inch long, forms a chrysalis, and then emerges from the chrysalis seven to 10 days later as a butterfly.

The Butterfly Release is an annual spring event at the Family Museum. The release of these butterflies will take place in the Museum’s Outdoor Kingdom for Kids. For more information, contact Becky Ortner at (563) 344-4171. Admission to the Family Museum is $6 for people ages 2 – 59; $4 ages 60 and up; and Museum members and kids age 1 and younger are free.