Midland Dow Gardens: Butterflies in Bloom

“I love their colors, I love their individuality. It honestly reminds me a lot about people. Each one is beautiful in its own way and I feel that way with the butterflies,” says Biology Assistant, Jesica Gilbert.

The Midland Dow Gardens is home to 140 different species of butterflies this spring for their butterflies in bloom exhibit. These species come from all corners of the world: Asia, Europe, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Africa.

The experience is one visitors will keep with them for years to come. Entomologist, Elly Maxwell says, “visitors come in and experience butterflies flying around them – roosting and can observe them feeding.”

Once you step foot into the conservatory you are hit with humidity. Maxwell says, “It’s a warm tropical conservatory and it feels like the rain forest cause we’re trying to make it feel like the butterfly’s native environment.”

If you want to take in all of their shapes, sizes and colors, it’s important to take your time. “Take it slow and look around – you may say ‘where are the butterflies?’ But if you slow down and take a minute – they’re everywhere,” says Gilbert.

The exhibit is open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily until April 21st.

If you want to visit the gardens yourself, click here. 

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