Posted by: Idioma Extra | June 28, 2011

Tuesday’s News

Costa Rican Butterflies Big Stars In Indiana Zoo


They get their start in Costa Rica, but it’s not until South Bend that they become bright stars. Fifty or so species of colourful butterflies make their home at Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend, Indiana, flying around freely in an indoor exhibit.

The zoo’s full-immersion exhibit, Butterflies in Living Color!, is now open through Labour Day for its fourth season.

However, it will be the final season for the exhibit, which will close after this year, according to zoo director Terry DeRosa. He noted the exhibit was established at a time when the zoo needed to fill a void.

“We wanted something new while the otter exhibit was being built,” DeRosa said. “It’s been a success but it is very time consuming and requires a lot of work.”

That work doesn’t go unnoticed. It’s an attractive exhibit in a greenhouse with lush plants, trees and exotic butterflies native to various parts of the world.

Word of the Day

spe·cie: \ˈspē-(ˌ)shēz, -(ˌ)sēz\
Origin: Middle English, from Latin, appearance, kind, species, from specere to look — more at spy
First Known Use: 14th century
1a : kind, sort; b : a class of individuals having common attributes and designated by a common name; specifically : a logical division of a genus or more comprehensive class <confessing sins in species and in number>; c : the human race: human beings —often used with the <survival of the species in the nuclear age>; d (1) : a category of biological classification ranking immediately below the genus or subgenus, comprising related organisms or populations potentially capable of interbreeding, and being designated by a binomial that consists of the name of a genus followed by a Latin or latinized uncapitalized noun or adjective agreeing grammatically with the genus name (2) : an individual or kind belonging to a biological species; e: a particular kind of atomic nucleus, atom, molecule, or ion
2: the consecrated eucharistic elements of the Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox Eucharist
3a: a mental image; also : a sensible object; b : an object of thought correlative with a natural object

More Vocabulary

Exibition: n. a public showing (as of works of art, objects of manufacture, or athletic skill)
Immersion: n.
instruction based on extensive exposure to surroundings or conditions that are native or pertinent to the object of study
Labour Day: n. (in US and Canada) a public holiday in honour of labour, held on the first Monday in September
Otter: n. any of various largely aquatic carnivorous mammals (as genus Lutra or Enhydra) of the weasel family that usually have webbed and clawed feet and dark brown fur
Void: n.
empty space


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