‘Butterflies are Blooming’ exhibit opens Sunday

A butterfly inside the 'Butterflies are Blooming' exhibit at Frederick Meijer Gardens. (Feb. 27, 2015)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the country officially opens this weekend in West Michigan.

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is celebrating 20 years of bringing more than 7,000 tropical butterflies to West Michigan.

The exhibition, renamed as the Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies are Blooming, opens March 1 through April 30.

Visitors can see thousands of butterflies from Africa, Asia, South and Central America fly in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory.

“Our butterflies arrive from tropical regions all over the world, but this year, we’re focusing on the diversity and richness of species from Central and South America,” Steve LaWarre, director of horticulture said. “Over half of our butterflies come from this region, so guests can learn more intimate details about species like the morphos and longwings, among others.”

The annual exhibition attracts more than 170,000 visitors from all over the country every year.

Butterflies in chrysalis. (Feb. 27, 2015)
(Butterflies in chrysalis)



Butterflies are Blooming exhibit

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