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Get the buzz on pollinators

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The ABQ BioPark has opened its “Butterflies and Bees” exhibit at the Botanic Garden that will eventually feature 40 species of butterflies and moths, as well as other important pollinators.

“This innovative new exhibit combines the serenity of a butterfly house with eye-opening displays about our native pollinators and host plants,” said Jason Schaller, ABQ BioPark curator of entomology, in a news release.

bright spot“One of the main focuses will be native bee ecology, which is poorly understood, yet immensely important to the environment,” he said. “It will take a while for this part of the exhibit to really blossom as we learn more about these intriguing creatures and their husbandry.”

The exhibit also features:

• A variety of native pollinator-friendly plants;

• Education panels on the pollinators’ role in helping us grow the food we eat;

• How to create pollinator-friendly backyards; and

• A chance to interact with BioPark staff and participate in hands-on learning.

The exhibit, in the old “Butterfly Pavilion” at the garden, focuses on New Mexico-native species. The pavilion will no longer house exotic butterflies, but has added other pollinators, such as nonstinging bees and fig beetles.

Pollinators will not be active in winter, but visitors can view displays about how pollinators spend that season, organizers said in a news release.

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