Butterflies (and their fans) spread their wings at Chattahoochee Nature Center this weekend

Henning von Schmeling, the Chattahoochee Nature Center's operations director, releases butterflies during the Flying Colors Butterfly Festival. CONTRIBUTED BY CHATTAHOOCHEE NATURE CENTER

Henning von Schmeling, the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s operations director, releases butterflies during the Flying Colors Butterfly Festival. CONTRIBUTED BY CHATTAHOOCHEE NATURE CENTER

If you haven’t had the pleasure previously, this weekend you can make the acquaintance of red admiral, gulf fritillary, zebra longwing and painted lady.

These exotically named beings are butterflies that will be released by the hundreds at the 15th annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival, Saturday (11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) and Sunday (1:30 and 3:30 p.m.) at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Set free twice daily in front of the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion, most will take wing to the skies above the Roswell attraction.

But if you’d like a closer encounter, the nature center provides the opportunity to “get nose to proboscis” with more than 200 free-flying creatures in the walk-through Butterfly Encounter located near the beaver habitat.

To read the full story, plus find other nearby places to encounter butterflies, go to MyAJC.com.

 


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