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Inside Callaway Gardens' Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center

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The butterflies are imported while they're in the chrysalis stage and emerge on their own The butterflies are imported while they're in the chrysalis stage and emerge on their own
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -

Perhaps one of the most exciting sights at Callaway Gardens is at the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center.

For 25 years the center has displayed hundreds of butterflies daily. The full-time team very carefully imports tens of thousands of butterflies each year from farms in their native countries while they lay dormant in their chrysalis stage.

It makes for a riot of color in the conservatory all year long but it's not an easy task.

Center Manager Michael Buckman says, "When the butterflies get here, we can have 400-500 butterflies in a shipment, and so that can take four or five hours for one person to get all those pinned up so that they are healthy and ready to emerge."

The Butterfly Center also provides all the native plants for a natural environment. The center is a great way to get out of the cold, as it's kept at around 80 degrees, but it's important to look and not touch.

The creatures are so delicate that a human's lightest stroke can kill them. When they die naturally, the ones in the best shape are used for education purposes.

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.
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