Spring butterflies, wildflowers abound at Desert Botanical Garden

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PHOENIX – Spring has arrived at the Desert Botanical Garden, and that means wildflowers and butterflies abound.

Gibby Parra gave us a peek at the Maxine and John Marshall Butterfly Pavilion, where hundreds of butterflies feast on nectar and perch in the sun.

You can expect to see a variety of North American butterflies, including Giant Swallowtails, Great Southern Whites, Zebra Swallowtails, Queens, Julias, Painted Ladies, and Malachites, among others.

There is a special display that features butterfly host plants, as well as a Discovery Station that allows you an up close look.

The Spring Butterfly Event, which is in it 10th year, runs through May 8. The Butterfly Pavilion is open daily, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission to the pavilion $3.50 with a paid admission to the Desert Botanical Garden ($15 for adults, $13.50 for seniors, $7.50 for students, and $5 for children). Members may visit for free.