I had the privilege of bringing my daughter to a media preview of Flight of the Butterflies this summer. My daughter loves animals, and I knew she would be enraptured with learning more about butterflies, especially monarchs. What I didn’t realize was how much I was would be taken in along with her. This is easily my favorite Omnitheatre experience ever.
Flight of the Butterflies follows the story of PS 397, the monarch butterfly tag that was released by two school boys and their teacher from the western suburbs of the Twin Cities in early August 1975. This same tag and butterfly ended up being the very one Canadian researcher Dr. Fred Urquhart found four months later in the remote Sierra Madre Mountains of Michoacán, Mexico, thus uncovering the long-sought secret hideaway of the monarchs.
Along the way, viewers will meet “Dana” (Danaus plexippus), a female monarch, and her offspring as they migrate north from Mexico through the United States to Canada and back again. The film features footage gathered from MRI and Micro CT scans that allow viewers to look inside a monarch chrysalis for the first time in history to witness its incredible metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly.
The butterfly bearing tag PS 397 flew over 2,000 miles and for at least two months to arrive at its destination. Dr. Urquhart discovered it five minutes after he arrived in the sanctuary for the first time – truly a miraculous situation that was verified by eyewitnesses, including National Geographic photographer Bianca Lavies. Dr. Urquhart’s incredible story was published in the August 1976 issue of the magazine. (Copies of the National Geographic article are available upon request.)
-Taken from the Press Release
Significant portions of the film’s box office revenue will go towards monarch butterfly conservation through Mexico’s leading conservation organization, Fondo Mexicano para la Conservaciόn de la Naturaleza.
Live Butterfly House completes the butterfly experience To complement the Flight of the Butterflies experience this fall, the Science Museum will host its own Live Butterfly House in the U.S. Bank Great Hall on level 4.Admission to the Live Butterfly House requires an additional fee ($5 per person, $4 for Science Museum members, FREE for children under 4) which may be paid upon entering the exhibit.
Following its October 3 opening, Flight of the Butterflies will show during regular Science Museum hours.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for kids ages 4 to 12 and seniors 60 and over.
images courtesy of the Science Museum of Minnesota