Long Island butterfly houses

Six-year-old twins Kylie and Brett Drakos, of Huntington,

(Credit: Newsday / Ed Betz)

Walk through a butterfly house and you'll feel like you're peeking into a world usually only seen on a nature show. Butterflies of various sizes, colors and patterns flit from flower to flower. Others perch gracefully on limbs and stems."They're everywhere, they're so huge," squeals Jessica Cohen, 9, of North Patchogue, as she glances around the Island's largest vivarium at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead. She squeals again as one lands on her shoulder."It is so magical," adds mom Jen Cohen, looking over at butterflies that range from an inch or so across to giants with an 8-inch wingspan.These vivariums are designed to house butterflies and moths in environments that mimic their natural habitats:

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