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“The tent allows that intimate encounter,” Alexander said. “I think of it as a halfway house. Youโ€™re that much closer to nature.”

Video – Butterflies on Display At Essex County Environmental Center – Video


Visitors can get up close and personal with vibrant butterflies inside the temporary butterfly tent set up at the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland. Some 30 monarch butterflies and 20 painted lady butterflies were released in the tent this week. The exhibit will be open to the public until July 28, 2012 when some of the butterflies — including those born in the tent — will be released, while others will become part of the center’s educational programs. (Video by Nyier Abdou/The Star-Ledger)