Summer in living color: Live butterfly exhibit opens at Tyler Arboretum

MEDIA, Pa  - June, 19th

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Axalta Coating Systems awards grant to Tyler for Butterfly House enhancements

MEDIA, PA (June 18, 2014) – Summer is vibrant with color, and that is especially true at Tyler Arboretum’s Butterfly House. Beautifully colored caterpillars and delicate, fluttering butterflies show off their vivid hues among the colorful plant specimens that they depend upon in this live specimen exhibit starting June 28, 2014. This year, the Butterfly House will enjoy a few enhancements, courtesy of the generous grant awarded to Tyler by Axalta Coating Systems. Tyler and Axalta will hail this new partnership that celebrates the wonderful colors of nature during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

Dedicated volunteer docents identified a wish list of items needed to improve the existing house. The $15,000 grant from Axalta will provide additional educational signage as well as a garden feature sign for the outside of the building to attract visitors. The funds will also provide plants that will be used as food for the caterpillars and butterflies, a new butterfly identification brochure, general care and upkeep and, eventually, new benches in the Butterfly House.

“We are delighted to have Axalta as a partner for this seasonal exhibit,” says Tyler Arboretum Executive Director Rick Colbert. “They have a unique perspective on the value of color in our lives, and this is the perfect opportunity to help our guests see the wonderful array of pigments that exist in our natural world.”

Tyler Arboretum’s Butterfly House offers visitors a special opportunity to learn about, photograph and get a close-up look at local butterflies in all stages of development. The exhibit features a 1,400 square foot Butterfly House filled with native specimens including monarchs, viceroys, sulphurs, mourning cloaks, hairstreaks, red-spotted purples, great spangled fritillaries, painted ladies and swallowtails. The exhibit also includes extensive plantings that feed both butterflies and caterpillars.

The goal of Tyler’s Butterfly House exhibit is to promote greater understanding about a significant aspect of ecology and human interaction with the natural world.

“Unfortunately, butterflies and other pollinators have taken a huge hit in numbers in recent years,” said Amy Mawby, Director of Public Programs at Tyler. “They are essential for the health and sustainability of our ecosystems. We are happy and excited to have support from a company like Axalta so we can continue our educational efforts with the public.”

“As an organization that advocates sustainability, Axalta is thrilled to partner with Tyler Arboretum,” says Nigel Budden, Axalta VP and Head of its North America Business. “We also believe color should be brilliant and butterflies provide an example of vivid color coming to life.”

The Butterfly House exhibit is free with the price of regular admission and open seasonally through the months of July and August.


About Tyler Arboretum

Tyler Arboretum, one of the oldest and largest arboreta in the northeastern United States, is an important community resource and cultural destination. Tyler provides a natural sanctuary for visitors interested in horticulture, history and the natural world.  Its 650 acres of meadows, wetlands and unbroken forest can be enjoyed via over 17 miles of hiking trails. Additional information is available at

About Axalta Coating Systems

Axalta Coating Systems is a leading global provider of liquid and powder coatings to automotive, transportation, general industrial, architectural and decorative customers. Doing business in more than 130 countries, Axalta operates 35 manufacturing centers, seven R&D facilities and 42 customer training centers. Axalta will continue to build on more than 145 years of experience in the coatings industry. For more information, visit