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Experience Butterflies at the Bronx Zoo
More than 1,000 butterflies make it feel like you're walking through a rainbow.
By Lindsay Guastafeste, Scholastic Kids Press Corps

A monarch butterfly is perched on a plant at the Bronx Zoo's new Butterfly Garden as Pamela Baez, 8, (left) and Erika Cabrera, 7, check out the exhibit, on Thursday, May 19, 2005, in New York. More than 1,000 butterflies and hundreds of butterfly-attracting plants and shrubs are part of the Bronx Zoo Butterfly Garden that is open through October.
(Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP Wide World )
On a bright sunny day, I visited the Butterfly Garden at the Bronx Zoo in New York City. More then 1,000 North American butterflies flit through an exhibit you can walk in and experience firsthand. And since the butterflies live for only about a month (some only a few days), the exhibit has a laboratory where you can watch new butterflies hatch every day!

In the Butterfly Garden, butterflies are flying everywhere. They are all different sizes and colors. I felt like I was walking into a rainbow.

I found out you can have a butterfly garden of your own. Growing the plants and flowers that butterflies thrive on can attract them to your yard and help the environment.

"Two years ago, I planted a butterfly garden and I have to tell you that every day, in fact even this morning, there were butterflies and bees buzzing around," said Linda Corcoran, a spokesperson for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Corcoran took Scholastic News Online on a tour of the Bronx Zoo in New York City. She talked to us about conservation and helping endangered species. "We have to learn how to live in harmony with the animals around us and how to just think a little bit more before we do certain things. I think that's one of the big issues."

Lindsay and Brandon
Lindsay and Brandon Guastafeste at the Butterfly Garden in the Bronx Zoo in New York City. After a day long tour of the zoo, Lindsay said the butterflies were her favorite exhibit.
(Photo: Ezra Billinkoff)
Corcoran showed us a new part of the Butterfly Garden. The Bug Carousel opened at the zoo this summer. Instead of horses, we rode on bugs. I chose a grasshopper. Did you know that there are a quintillion bugs on earth? That is 5,000,000,000,000,000,000 bugs!

Some bugs help us in our environment without us even realizing it.

"We are part of the web of life," said Sara Marinello, another spokesperson for WCS. "Everything from the water we drink to the gas we use in our cars to the wood that builds our houses to the metal on your braces—it's all from nature, and animals are part of what makes that cycle of life happen, so that's why it's important to people to help endangered species."