Butterfly garden reopens at Brookfield Zoo

A Monarch butterfly Photo credit Jim Schulz/CZS-Brookfield Zoo

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The Brookfield Zoo is reopening its butterfly garden for the first time since the onset of the pandemic.

The return of the attraction begins Saturday, along with the zoo’s summer hours.

The Illinois state insect — the Monarch butterfly — is part of the exhibit, as well as painted ladies, zebra longwings and swallowtails.

The seasonal exhibit is within a mesh aviary that allows sunlight and breezes through but keeps the arthropods from fluttering away.

Andre Copeland, interpretive programs manager for the zoo, said  for the first time the zoo will have several species of moth as well.

There also is an off-exhibit space where guests can see the transformation from pupa to butterfly.

The seasonal exhibit runs through Labor Day and requires an additional ticket.

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