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Butterflies on exhibit at Krohn Butterfly Show
CINCINNATI (Scott Dimmich) -- If you love butterflies, you'll want to check out "Pure Vida: Butterflies of Costa Rica" going on at the Krohn Conservatory.
It's a year long process to make the right selections. Part of making the Pure Vida: Butterflies of Costa Rica exhibit at the Krohn Conservatory a success means giving butterflies a warm, Central American climate they are used to. Between about 80 and 95 are the perfect temperature ranges.
While this is a closed off environment, the amount of sunshine and the temperature outside can affect the butterflies' behavior inside their lush tropical hideway. When it's cool outside and it's cooler inside then you will see a lot of roosting behavior. This is when the butterflies go underneath the trees, like they're sleeping. And then as soon as the sun comes out, and you get that sunshine and the room starts to warm up, they'll start getting very active and flying around.
Special considerations are made not just for the butterflies. The environment must also support the food they eat and follow regulations. All of the plants that are in the exhibit are chosen specifically for the show. Workers have to make sure they have plants that the butterflies won't lay eggs on. It is also important to make sure the butterflies have enough food, so there must be a good level of nectar plants in the exhibit.
The conservatory's hard work is all in an effort to allow kids and adults to learn about butterflies and enjoy their tropical paradise. The Krohn Conservatory and the butterfly exhibit will be open from 10a.m. till 5p.m. daily through June 22nd.
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