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You could spot an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (pictured) if you take the "Butterfly and Hummingbird Trail" at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden through Aug. 31.

These lovely pollinators, named for their black, tiger-like stripes, can be spied in the Herb Garden sipping nectar from the bright orange flowered "Butterfly Weed" (Asclepias tuberosa). Butterflies use their hollow tongues to suck nectar - like a straw - from the bottoms of flower blossoms, and they coil them up when they’re not in use.

The Garden distributes an informative self-guided map tour (free with admission). Choose the north trail, which takes 30 minutes to complete or the south trail, which takes an hour and is recommended for the whole family. (Both trails may be combined for a one-mile trail.)

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden (1000 Washington Ave.) is open free of charge all-day Tuesdays, and 10 am to noon on Saturdays. Normal admission is $3, $1.50 students and seniors and free for children under 16. The Garden is also open Tuesday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm and 10 am to 6 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. For information, call (718) 623-7200 or visit their Web site at
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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