Insects get a bad rap.
Mothers are usually characterized as giving caretakers who protect their young with ferocity. But in the animal kingdom, mothers protect, nurture and raise their young in some peculiar ways.
The Fifth Annual Friends of the Garden Butterfly Festival will be held July 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with tours, vendors, demonstrations and activities. The event is free and open to the public. Missouri State University faculty and students are among those who volunteer at the Roston Butterfly House.