In the song “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” Elton John sings, “Butterflies are free to fly, fly away/fly away, bye bye.” The insects at Desert Botanical Garden’s Spring Butterfly Exhibit won’t be so lucky, but visitors can enjoy their winged captivity through Monday, May 12. Hundreds of North America’s beauties -- including Malachites, Giant Swallowtails, Julias, Great Southern Whites, Zebra Swallowtails, Queens, and Painted Ladies -- will be fluttering about the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion, sipping nectar, warming themselves in the winter desert sun, and exploring the special, colorful “host” plants that attract butterflies. Hold still long enough, wear bright colors, and one might just pay you a close-up visit.
The exhibit is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway. Tickets to the exhibit are $3.50 for non-members and free for members. Garden admission is $22 for adults, $20 for seniors, $12 for students, and $10 for children between 3 and 12 years old. Through May 12. Call 480-941-1225 or visit www.dbg.org/events-exhibitions/spring-butterfly-exhibit.