NMNH Butterflies and Plants Exhibit Opening Tomorrow

Get your cameras ready, local photographers. A new exhibit, Butterflies and Plants: Partners in Evolution, will be opening tomorrow at the National Museum of Natural History. According to their website, the flippy-flappies and the greeny-weenies will be hosted in “one hall, two exhibits”. The first exhibit, Partners in Evolution, is free just like every other Smithsonian offering and is an “exploration into”…*yawn*…”how insects and other animals have co-evolved with plants”. The Butterfly Pavilion is where the real fun begins, however you will have to pay $6 if you’re an adult like I am (sometimes), $5.50 if you’re a senior like Carl, $5 for members, and $4.50 for groups of 10 or more. But wait! If you can somehow swing into the exhibit on a Tuesday, it will cost you nothing. Be prepared to be swarmed by lots of beautiful butterflies.

If you thought the National Geographic frog exhibit was cool, wait until you check this out. From a photography standpoint, I’d recommend a fast, long lens (maybe a 70-200mm f/2.8 or a macro lens if you’ve got one) and a high ISO setting. Sometimes you’re lucky to find a butterfly at a complete standstill at these types of exhibits, but usually you’ll need a fast shutter speed to get a clean shot. And please, post any and all of your shots to our Metroblogging Washington DC Flickr Pool!

Photo by Mangiwau

5 Comments so far

  1. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 2:07 pm

    Greeny Weenies? Max, I think you need to see a doctor about that. Oh, yeah – don’t let my appearance fool you. Just because my hair is graying, the blad spot growing and my poweres of facial recognition waning (sorry about that, by the way), don’t think I’m really as old as I look. Even though I am.

    Thanks for this. I can’t wait to check it out!


  2. Supermodel :p (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 2:43 pm

    OMG I’ve always wanted to go to an open butterfly exhibit! Thanks!!!


  3. Don (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 4:31 pm

    Have you gone to a lot of closed ones, supermodel?


  4. supermodel (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

    I’ve never been to one at all but I’ve always imagined an enchanting place w/ dancing butterflies coming in to land on you… or maybe it’ll be more like when butterflies attack! Guess I’ll have to go see for myself.


  5. Mike Licht (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 6:23 pm

    I think I’ll stop by National Geographic on the way to NMNH and pick up a couple of frogs. It shouldn’t take long for them to eat six bucks worth of butterflies.

    What crap. For six bucks I expect IMAX butterfies, at the very least.

    Butterflies Are Free: A comedy in Two Acts, by Leonard Gershe (1969) ISBN 0573606447



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