BUTTERFLIES AREN’T YET FREE. BUT SOON.

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They’re not likely to exit their mesh pavilion with quite the same noisy urgency as a flock of doves loosed at the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. In fact, they may have to be coaxed off the nectary flowers they’ve come to love before they flutter silently away.

But freedom awaits some 80 Painted Lady and Monarch butterflies that arrived at Sickle’s Farm Market in Little Silver as eggs several weeks ago. They’ve been on display ever since, allowing shoppers in the store’s greenhouse to watch them turn into caterpillars, then pupate into chrysalises and finally emerge as as spectacular butterflies.

They’re scheduled to be freed at 4p on Saturday.

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