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It’s Butterfly Time at Frederik Meijer Gardens

Now through April 30, 2019, head to Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids to see the nation’s largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibit.

Every March and April, the Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition is an opportunity for attendees to stroll amongst thousands of freely flying and freshly hatched tropical butterflies. More than 60 species of butterflies from Asia, Africa, and Central and South America will emerge daily from chrysalides (cocoons) in the Observation Station where workers carefully transition the newly emerged adults to the open exhibit area for visitors to experience closely.

The 85 degrees, 70 percent humidity verdant environment of the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory offers “hot spots” such as the colorful orchid wall, stream bed, waterfall, and feeding stations where the butterflies will gather for food and rest. If one lands on you, just enjoy the rare close-up, but you are advised not to touch. The exhibit also takes special precautions to be sure no butterflies hitch a ride while attendees exit.

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