It's hard to believe, but in less than a month the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s annual Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition will open. It will bring more than 7,000 tropical butterflies to West Michigan, the spring’s most anticipated exhibition and the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation.

The Gardens expect to be welcoming over 185,000 visitors from around the world to the Butterflies exhibit.

Approximately 60 colorful species of butterflies and moths come from butterfly-rich regions of Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Philippines and Kenya to fly freely in the five-story tall, 15,000 square-foot Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. At 85 degrees and 70 percent humidity, this balmy environment mimics the tropical regions that the butterflies call home.

Courtesy Meijer Gardens
Courtesy Meijer Gardens

More than 1,000 pupae arrive at Meijer Gardens weekly from around the world. Guests can watch as delicate chrysalides and cocoons are placed in the Observation Station, where these unique and fascinating creatures then transform and spread their wings for the first time.

Extended Spring Break Hours:
Enjoy extended hours during Spring Break. Monday – Friday, April 6-10, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm.

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