Butterflies arrive at Meijer Gardens for annual event

Butterflies sit by rocks at the butterfly exhibit Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Mich. (Nick Gonzales/Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP) LOCAL STATIONS OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
Butterflies sit by rocks at the butterfly exhibit Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Mich. (Nick Gonzales/Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP) LOCAL STATIONS OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

 

Butterflies have arrived at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park for an annual event at the western Michigan attraction.

Thousands of butterflies will be on view starting Tuesday as part of the Fred & Dorothy Fichter “Butterflies Are Blooming” exhibition, which runs through April 30 at the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory.

About 60 butterfly species are part of the exhibition. They’re imported from Africa, Asia, South American and Central America. The conservatory’s 85-degree environment mimics conditions where they would usually be found.

More than 900 plants that produce nectar support the butterflies while they’re at Meijer Gardens.  (AP)

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