Open House for native flappers

Photo by Reginal I. Durant. Used with permission.

Orange County’s only butterfly house – that’s exclusively home to OC native flappers – is throwing open its doors on Saturday May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Don’t worry; there’s a second door to keep the butterflies contained!)

Located in the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) in Newport Beach, this is one butterfly exhibit that makes us very happy because it showcases our local flutterers and encourages visitors to plant native nectar plants to welcome all stages of butterflies, from larvae to chrysalis and beyond.

The Butterfly House Opening also corresponds with an Eco Faire where visitors can play eco-games, get face painted, do crafts and peruse butterfly host and nectar plants. Food will also be for sale.

If you can’t make it to the Open House, find a time to visit this charming space. It’s opened 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, weather permitting. (Call 949-645-8489 to make sure it’s opened during cold, foggy or humid days.)

Here’s a list of some of the local flappers that call the Butterfly House home: Mourning Cloak, Lorquin’s Admiral, Monarch, Queen, Buckeye, West Coast Lady, Painted Lady, Cloudless Sulphur, Anise Swallowtail, and our state butterfly, the California Dogface.

The Buttefly House at the ENC is located at 1601 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663.