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Louisville Zoo's butterfly exhibit leaves Louisville residents aflutter

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville Zoo's newest residents are all aflutter.

The Zoo is showing off the Butterflies N' Blooms exhibit.

The butterflies are all native to Kentucky, including monarchs, painted ladies, zebra swallowtails, and several other butterflies.

There's about 600 at the Zoo now and another 100 were released on Thursday.

Signs give facts about the butterflies including which types of plants attract them. Experts hope it's a learning experience.

"It's to bring awareness of the decline of butterflies, pollinators and beneficial organisms -- beneficial insects -- which is due to the loss of habitat and global warming change in temperatures and overuse and misuse of chemical insecticides," said Blair Leano-Helvey, an entomologist for Idlewild Farm.

Here's a tip: If you want the butterflies to land on you, wear white or yellow.

The new exhibit opens Saturday and runs through September.

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