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Meijer Gardens Butterflies Are Blooming Exhibition Highlights Exotic Butterflies From Four Continents   By PRWEB

Grand Rapids, MI (PRWEB) February 25, 2013

February 25, 2013 Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Parks 18th annual Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition will bring more than 6,000 tropical butterflies to West Michigan. Arriving from Africa, Asia, South and Central America, over 40 colorful species will fly freely in the five-story Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. A visitor favorite, this popular exhibition opens March 1 and runs through April 30.

These alluring visitors include the bright orange Julia Longwing, the Common Morpho with blue iridescent wings, and the Emerald Swallowtail. This years exhibition highlights the flight patterns of each of these butterflies. The way they fly may seem random and chaotic, but each species displays distinct flight patterns that aid in selecting mates, locating food and avoiding predators.

At first glance, its easy to become lost in the quantity and color of the butterflies, said Steve LaWarre, director of horticulture. But once you stop to watch them individually, youll begin to notice all kinds of different flight patterns and will have a greater appreciation for their diversity.

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