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Sydney White, 6, a Claremont resident, visits the Butterfly Pavilion Saturday at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont. The Butterfly Pavilion is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Aug. 3. / photo by Ashley Villavicencio

Sydney White, 6, a Claremont resident, visits the Butterfly Pavilion Saturday at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont. The Butterfly Pavilion is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Aug. 3. / photo by Ashley Villavicencio

Stephanie Joseph
Staff Writer

On Saturday the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden hosted a tour that featured rare and colorful butterflies in their habitat.

The annual tour showcases native butterfly species, giving visitors the chance to witness them in different stages of life.

“I had a really great time. I love visiting places like this and to see these butterflies in all of their stages was really beautiful and interesting to hear about,” said Jade Brinzo, junior kinesiology major. “I would definitely come again.”

Along with seeing native butterfly species, visitors also got to see the native plants that butterflies depend on to survive.

“All of the colors of the butterflies were gorgeous and so were the plants,” said sophomore kinesiology major Brittany Mendez. “The exhibit and the garden was just overall very beautiful to see. I think everyone in the area should take a moment to not only stop by and see the exhibit but the botanic garden as a whole,”

The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden also brings art exhibits to the garden. It also hosts classes like hikes that teach kids about flora and fauna throughout each month, as well as tours for the public to enjoy.

“This is a really great place to bring family and friends to,” said Bryan Parks, Fontana resident. “I did not know about this place before coming today. It gives people a chance to bond while seeing nice exhibits at the same time and with summer right around the corner, it’s perfect,”

The California Butterfly Pavilion will be open until Aug. 3.

Admission $3 in addition to the general admission and free to those 2 and under.

Stephanie Joseph can be reached at stephanie.joseph@laverne.edu.

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