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Butterflies LIVE! is coming back to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden beginning on Friday, May 25, 2012. The exhibit continues through October at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond. (Photo by Don Williamson Photography)

Here are some more photos of my behind the scenes look at Butterflies LIVE! Each pupae is glued to a piece of paper which is then glued to the box tops using a hot glue gun. (The process does not damage them --no butterflies were harmed in the process.) This method is necessary because when the tops are placed on the boxes the pupae are able to hang down as they would naturally. Butterflies LIVE! begins May 25, 2012.

We have exciting news! The butterflies are starting to emerge in preparation for the opening of Butterflies LIVE! on May 25, 2012. Read more to get a behind-the-scenes look at a few of the species you’ll see when the exhibit opens in just 10 days. Can’t get enough of these winged beauties? Become a member now to have unlimited visits with the butterflies. Pictured above is the Papilio palinurus – Banded Peacock.