Right behind Discovery House at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn is a butterfly habitat. It is surrounded by a butterfly garden, so you see butterflies on the outside, too.
The garden has nectar plants to feed the butterflies and host plants to feed the caterpillars.
The Karen Wertheimer Butterfly Enclosure has native butterflies from May through October.
There are information panels to let you know what is currently going on and what butterflies to look for.
The butterflies aren’t afraid of you. They don’t even seem to notice you as they go about their lives.
The displays identify the different butterflies, tell you more about their life cycle and tell how to grow your own butterfly garden.
There were racks with chrysalises. They are labeled so you know what kind they are. Some look just like dead leaves.
Some chrysalises are really beautiful.
We watched a Monarch butterfly emerge and slowly expand her wings.
Who is Karen Wertheimer?
Karen Frances Carter Wertheimer was a dedicated volunteer for the Coastal Discovery Museum, the Audubon Society and other causes. She passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2007.