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Oct 3, 2013 9:57 AM by Ryan Haarer

Cox beautifies butterfly exhibit at Tucson Botanical Gardens

TUCSON- The Butterfly Magic exhibit is now open for the season at the Tucson Botanical Gardens with some renovations thanks to Cox Communications. It's quite a sight with over 130 different species.

"All of the people generally gasp when they come in and say, this is beautiful," said curator Elizabeth Willott.

Cox made a significant contribution to the Tucson Botanical Gardens for upgrades.

"This is part of Cox's commitment to the environment and sustainability. We do a lot with the environmental groups in town," said Lisa Lovallo VP of Southern Arizona for Cox Communications.

The butterflies come from Asia, Africa, India, the Middle East and Australia. They're all unique in color and size. It's about 85 degrees in the greenhouse and about 75 percent humidity.

"This building has to be this warm because this is a tropical greenhouse. The butterflies require the high heat and humidity," said Willott.

In true form to the botanical gardens there is a wide variety of tropical plants.

"We also have plants that are here just for the butterflies. Our nectarine plants, because the butterflies need resources to be able to survive."

Butterflies are flown in and actually hatch on site before being transferred to the exhibit.

One of the best upgrades is the brick walkway inside meaning no more walking in dirt like previous years. The butterfly exhibit is included in the price of admission to the botanical gardens.

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