Daggerwing Nature Center busy in June


Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly


The Daggerwing Nature Center is within the Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, west of Boca Raton. The center includes a 3,000-square-foot exhibit hall with live animals and other exhibits, as well as two trails along the boardwalk to scout out the park.


The nature center is named for the Ruddy Daggerwing butterfly, which is native to this part of Florida but can be found as far south as Brazil. The butterflies have a beautiful orange back and a streaked brown-and-black underside resembling a dead leaf. You could spot one along the trails.


The Daggerwing Nature Center is hosting an animal trivia contest June 10 at 1:30 p.m. It is $3 to compete, and you must register in advance.


On June 25, the center is hosting a butterfly garden tour. Participants will learn about local butterflies and plants that attract them and might get to see a Daggerwing on the tour. Reservations are required. The tour starts at 10:30 a.m. and costs $3.


The nature center is at 11435 Park Access Road, west of Boca Raton, and is open Wednesday to Friday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The boardwalks are open during daylight hours. Pets, food and alcohol are not permitted.


For more information, visit discover.pbcgov.org/parks/pages/daggerwing.aspx.

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