It's March, which means nearly half a million Monarch butterflies will return from their trip to Mexico and will pass through Texas. These beauties will eventually travel all the way back up to their breeding grounds in Canada.

Unfortunately for the Lubbock area, most of these butterflies will hug the Texas coast, or take, "the route along I35 from Wichita Falls to Eagle Pass," which makes them sound like 1000 tiny little truckers.  In other words, they won't travel en masse through Lubbock.

Luckily, we will still have the opportunity to see and be very close to Monarch and other species of native and exotic butterflies, thanks to Butterflies Alive! exhibit returning to Lubbock's Science Spectrum (2579 S Loop 289 #250).

Amy Anderson
Amy Anderson

The above photo is from last year's exhibit and is of a butterfly that landed on our friend and coworker Amy. How adorable!

The event will run beginning March 11th through June 25th. This family-friendly exhibit will showcase hundreds of colorful and cute butterflies and moths inside an indoor greenhouse.

Upon entering the “Flight House”, or the greenhouse structure that contains the butterflies, moths and flowering plants, one may spot a Zebra Longwing butterfly busily flying in search of a flower’s nectar meal, or perhaps an Atlas Moth (one of the largest moth species in the world) roosting in anticipation of the evening’s approach.

In addition to this exhibit, the attached Omni theater will feature Flight of the Butterflies, an immersive giant-screen film about the Monarch butterfly migration.

For more information, pricing, and showtimes, head over to the Science Spectrum website.

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