Ladybugs Vs. Butterflies

This is the weekend when winged insects will be celebrated all across San Diego County!

I love how this guy “posed” for his picture!

 

On Saturday, April 5th you can enjoy the San Diego Botanic Garden’s Ladybug Day from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., catch the Water Conservation Garden’s Butterfly Festival from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and wrap it all up with a trip to the San Diego Safari Park’s Butterfly Jungle, which is open between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

 

Mallory and I will be camping with the Girl Scouts all weekend long, missing all of these fantastic events. Luckily we have previously enjoyed Ladybug Day. The Butterfly Jungle will be on display until April 27th. And, the Butterfly Pavilion at the Water Conservation Garden is already open, so we took a peak at it earlier today.

This is truly East County’s newest gem. The Dorcas E. Utter Memorial Butterfly Pavilion is home to six different kinds of butterflies that were fluttering and posing during our visit.

The Water Conservation Garden has changed quite a bit since the last time we were there.

 

 

What a beautiful slice of nature… 

 

…plus a great way to learn about how to best use California’s natural resources.

 

After such a fun and educational weekend, your kids might be inspired to keep the learning going. Mine want to plant the seeds of the butterfly-attracting milkweed plants that we got at the Water Conservation Garden. And, we are awaiting a new batch of caterpillars from Insect Lore so that we can grow our own butterfly pavilion. I told Gage that I’d order a new Ladybug Land. Tonight we’re going to read Fancy Nancy: Explorer Extraordinaire (again!)

Hope your kids get to meet their favorite pollinators this weekend.

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