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The Butterflies are Coming! | Diva Barbarella
There's something magical about the idea of being besieged by brightly colored butterflies. But despite my love for all things magical, every spring I have managed to miss the exotic experience that is the San Diego Zoo Safari Park's Butterfly Jungle. This year, I'm intent on making it into the tropical aviary during the few weeks all those 30-odd species of butterflies are flitting about. On February 28, the park received its first shipment of butterfly chrysalides, 500 pupae all the way from Costa Rica. Future shipments will include species from Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. Each one is being cared for by hand until the moment it's ready to emerge and be released into the botanical aviary. How do you know when they're ready to come out? Butterfly keeper Sara Schmitt says, "When a butterfly is ready to emerge it will become a darker color," and "you can actually see them moving inside." For some reason, that creeps me out. I'll avoid looking at them