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Archive for Friday, May 8, 2009

Butterflies to be featured at KU event

May 8, 2009

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The Monarch Spring Open House and Plant Fundraiser will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Foley Hall on Kansas University’s West Campus.

The event will feature monarch butterflies and nearly 4,000 butterfly plants. Dozens of plants and insects will be available for modest contributions, including caterpillars for kids and praying mantises to keep pests like aphids, grasshoppers and fruit flies out of gardens.

The event also will include refreshments, videos and games for children and tours of the gardens and lab space.

“This is certainly going to be our best and biggest spring open house,” said Chip Taylor, director of Monarch Watch. “We have more plants with more varieties and in better condition than ever before.”

The event is free and open to the public. Contributions will be accepted. All proceeds from the event will go to Monarch Watch, an educational outreach program dedicated to monarch studies and conservation.

For more information about the fundraiser or the plants available, visit monarchwatch.org/openhouse.

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