For the last several months, thousands of beautiful winged creatures have been flying through the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s Butterflies Alive! exhibit. The greenhouse-like structure featured more than 1,000 butterflies at a time, which required 7,000 native and nonnative chrysalises to be shipped from Florida. On Labor Day, the exhibit’s last day, cousins (from left) Lylee Harris and Jayden and Jordan Mitchum said good-bye to the butterflies before the remaining bugs live out the next couple of weeks of their lives in the greenhouse.
By Caitlin Fitch