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The Secret Life of Lichens

In Exhibitsby Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Ever since the new Lichens exhibit arrived (on display now from November – April 2017), we’ve all been learning more & more about the fascinating world of lichens. At first it may not sound like it’s a very fascinating topic – but you may be surprised. Here are some quick, fun facts about the secret life of lichens. What are …

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Holiday Gift Guide

In Gift Storeby Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

With stylish home decor, gardening supplies, sweet treats and gifts for kids, The Paradise Gift Store has a unique gift for everyone on your list this holiday season. 1) Sunset Moth Frame – $43.50 2) Hungry Caterpillar Stuffed Toy – $19.99 3) Bee Pillow – $17.99 4) Set of 4 Bee Coasters – $15.99 5) Blue Morpho Butterfly Frame – …

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Monarch Population Update

In Conservatoryby Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Photo from Journey North Monarch Blog – Homero Gomez, Nov 2016.   Monarchs have arrived in Mexico! Almost like clockwork, they were reported as arriving in sanctuary areas on Nov 1 & 2, just in time for the local Day of the Dead celebrations. There have been speculations on how this year’s overwintering population will compare to the last. Every …

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Help – it’s almost winter & I found a caterpillar!

In Conservatoryby Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Every fall we receive calls from concerned individuals who have found a caterpillar late in the season, and are wondering what will become of it with the advent of the cold weather. Quite often the caterpillar in question is the Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes), which is commonly found in vegetable gardens feeding on carrot, dill or parsley plants. If you …