by Jill P
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s annual Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition will bring more than 7,000 tropical butterflies to West Michigan began March 1. Arriving from Africa, Asia, South and Central America, Butterflies are Blooming is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation.
Approximately 60 colorful species will fly freely in the five-story Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. At 85 degrees and 70 percent humidity, this balmy environment mimics tropical regions the butterflies arrive from.
Species of butterflies include the blue Common Morpho, whose iridescence impresses in flight, brushfoot varies like the Clearwing, Lacewing and Zebra Mosaic. Likewise, the Longwings captivate with distinctive patterns as seen in the Blue, Doris, Postman and Tiger. Gliders like the Emperor, Ruby-spotted and Tropical Swallowtails will also add to the variety.
“This year, our exhibition is truly a feast for the eyes,” explained Steve LaWarre, director of horticulture. “We’ve added more tropical blooms for butterflies to nectar on as well as to enhance the overall experience.”
800 Pupae Arrive at Meijer Gardens Weekly
More than 800 pupae arrive at Meijer Gardens weekly. Visitors can watch as delicate chrysalides and cocoons are placed in the Butterfly Bungalow, where adult butterflies and moths emerge and spread their wings for the first time. The Caterpillar Room, located within The Seasonal Display Greenhouse, features Monarch caterpillars. Visitors can watch as the caterpillars feed on tropical milkweed plants and after two weeks of tremendous growth, the caterpillars will look for a suitable place to form their chrysalides.
This much-loved exhibition attracts more than 170,000 visitors from all over the nation each year.
March 1-April 30 in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden and included with admission.
Once you have observed caterpillars in the Seasonal Display Greenhouse and butterflies in the TropicalConservatory, head out to the Children’s Garden for some engaging outdoor education. Enjoy activities such as flying like a butterfly in clever lifecycle costumes, performing imaginative butterfly puppet shows, search for butterfly and moth lifecycle stages in a special Treehouse Village hunt and navigate the Butterfly Maze. There’s something for all ages. Activities vary daily. Check the Information Center for what is happening each day.
If You Go
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is located at 1000 East Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525.
Adults (14 – 64)-$14.50
Seniors (65 and older)-$11
Students (with student ID)-$11
Children (2 and younger)-FREE
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