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Beautiful Butterflies & Friends Workshop @ Selby Gardens


Beautiful Butterflies & Friends

Students 7 years – college aged, and through adult will enjoy this special workshop with Academy of Botanical Art Founder, Olivia Braida. Explore the complexities of nature’s beautiful butterflies and other insect “friends”.  Select your subject from provided materials and work with colored pencil to complete your drawing. If you prefer to work in watercolor, bring your paints and brushes.

12 years – college aged students select the $85 “child” price when registering.

An additional $30 materials fee will be collected by instructor at class.


Olivia Braida

Date(s):    08/04/2014 – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Member Fee: $95       Non-Member Fee: $120

Did you know?

1.      Butterflies taste with their feet?

Yes. Butterfly’s feet have sense organs that can taste the sugar in nectar, letting the butterfly know if something is good to eat or not. Some females also taste host plants in order to find appropriate places to lay their eggs. Adult butterflies and moths feed using a proboscis, a long, coiled tube. Butterflies force blood into the tube to straighten it out, allowing them to feed. Butterflies get all their food from this tube.

2.     There are three main segments in the butterfly –  The head, the thorax and the abdomen.
  • The Head is the location of its feeding and sensory structures.  It contains its brain, two compound eyes, proboscis, pharynx (start of digestive system), the point of attachment of it two antennae, Johnston’s organ as the base of the antennae responsible for maintaining balance and orientation, especially during flight, mustache-like sensory palps.  It has no jaws.  They sip liquid through the proboscis, which uncoils for feeding.
  • The Thorax is the locus for locomotion.  It has three divisions molded together.  Each segment has a pair of legs.  The four wings are also attached to the thorax.
    • Front two legs are attached to the first segment of the Thorax.
    • Middle two legs are attached to the second segment
    • Back two legs are attached to the third segment
    • The forewings and hind wings are attached to the second and third segment
  • The Abdomen has 10 segments. It contains the tube-like heart, Malpighian tubules, which clean an insect’s blood and deposit the waste into the hindgut for eventual excretion, reproductive organs (claspers or ovipositors), many spiracles (breathing pores), and most of the digestive system (foregut, hindgut, and rectum.


3.       Butterfly legs are jointed and have five sections (or six in some species.)
4.       Other insects have complete metamorphosis –
         Three fourths of insects have complete metamorphosis.  Ex:  Beetles, flies, bees, and wasps.
5.       The DORSAL side of the butterfly is the topside.
6.      The VENTRAL side of the butterfly is the bottom side.
7.       The number of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) exceed  24,000 butterflies; 140,000 moths…totaling approximately 160,000 worldwide

8.      The beetle order embraces more species than any other group in the animal kingdom.

9.      There are over 350,000 beetle species described, with many more beetles yet to be discovered!

10.    It is believed that there are so many beetle species because of their strong adaptability.  A theory suggested by Brian Farrell in 1998. Research continues.

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