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Archive for Sunday, September 7, 2008

Monarch butterfly fans spread their wings at open house

Oohs and ahhs: Program puts its colorful creatures on display

Madison Kuhle, 5, Lawrence, poses as a butterfly for her father at the Monarch Watch open house Saturday at Foley Hall on Kansas University's campus.

Madison Kuhle, 5, Lawrence, poses as a butterfly for her father at the Monarch Watch open house Saturday at Foley Hall on Kansas University's campus.

September 7, 2008

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Maxx Marshall, 4, Lawrence, gets an up-close look at a swallow tail butterfly at the Monarch Watch open house Saturday at KU's Foley Hall.

Maxx Marshall, 4, Lawrence, gets an up-close look at a swallow tail butterfly at the Monarch Watch open house Saturday at KU's Foley Hall.

Foley Hall on Saturday was caterpillar city.

"The kids can ooh and ahh," said Chip Taylor, director of Monarch Watch. "We've got caterpillars of a lot of different kinds."

Caterpillars, monarch butterflies and blooming flowers were among the sights at the annual fall open house for Monarch Watch, an educational outreach program at Kansas University.

The daylong event drew about 1,000 people Saturday with hands-on displays, monarch tagging demonstrations, garden tours and treats.

Taylor said the event drew double the roughly 500 people it typically attracts. Monarch Watch gave away more than 450 monarch chrysalides.

"We have a lot of 'oh my' insects out here on display," Taylor said. "It's just fun to give the public an opportunity to see these things."

Carrie Wendel-Hummell and her two children walked the grounds Saturday around Foley Hall.

"We've come just about every year since we moved here," Wendel-Hummell said. "We just have a fun time looking at the butterflies and picking up our chrysalis."

Monarch Watch's butterfly tagging event at the Baker University Wetlands is set for 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20.

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tonythetiger 5 years, 7 months ago

Check this out then... he is a friend of mine. I suggest you make him one too, because he is a friend indeed.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyWJlpIchkEEntertaining and educational time lapse photography

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Marion Lynn 5 years, 7 months ago

Now that is pretty cute; little kid being a butterfly online.Neat.

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