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On the Job

At museum, a space where butterflies can thrive

Lea Morgan first became interested in butterflies growing up on a farm in southern New Hampshire, following the insects as they flitted from plant to plant. Today, after earning a degree in plant biology from the University of New Hampshire, she watches over 400 butterflies and insects — accounting for more than 30 species — as curator of the Butterfly Garden at the Museum of Science in Boston.

One little-known fact about butterflies is that they have a long tongue like a straw that can sip off beads of sweat when they land on humans. “They like sweet and salty, and can also take in amino acids for nutrients,” said Morgan, 34. “Some people find this a little yucky, but butterflies don’t bite or sting.”

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