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'Flight of the Butterflies' soars at Fernbank
'Flight of the Butterflies' soars at Fernbank

ATLANTA -- A breathtaking new IMAX film will take off at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in January.

Flight of the Butterflies will begin its Fernbank run on Friday, Jan. 4.

The movie chronicles the life and work of Dr. Fred Urquhart, who dedicated his career to tracing the extraordinary migratory path of the monarch butterfly.

"It's remarkable how such a small insect can migrate up to 3,000 miles to a place it has never seen. Just as amazing is Dr. Urquhart's lifelong work to shed light on a scientific mystery by discovering the over-wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly," Fernbank biologist Becky Facer said in a statement.

Flight of the Butterflies shows the evolution of a monarch, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly, through MRI and micro CT scans.

The film travels to monarch sanctuaries in Mexico for stunning IMAX-worthy footage of hundreds of millions of butterflies.

"We hope by experiencing the Flight of the Butterflies film, our visitors will gain a greater appreciation of these extraordinary creatures, their habitats and the natural world as a whole," Facer said.

IMAX tickets for Flight of the Butterflies are $13 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $11 for children ages 12 and under, and $8 for Fernbank members. The film will play through Thursday, May 9.

Learn more at flightofthebutterflies.com or fernbankmuseum.org.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Druid Hills.