March 27, 2015

Butterflies are Blooming

We went on a really cool field trip with our homeschool group today to the Butterflies are Blooming exhibit at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids. I've wanted to go since my parents visited the exhibit a few years ago.  I kind of knew what to expect, but it was even more amazing than I was expecting. Mollie has had an ongoing fascination with butterflies, so I knew the girls were going to love it. 
Mollie was excited before we even got into the Gardens and was requesting pictures with all of the flowers.


Before entering the butterfly exhibit, you walk through the "caterpillar room". It was fun to look for hidden caterpillars.

They had display cases set up to observe caterpillars in their chrysalis'.

We were very lucky, and got to watch a butterfly emerge from it's chrysalis!

This whole process took just a few minutes.

So amazing!

We entered the butterfly exhibit, and to state the obvious, butterflies were everywhere! Right when we entered, a giant blue butterfly we later identified as the Common Morpho flied right toward Mollie, and she screamed! We were all surprised at just how many butterflies there were.

The girls are standing in front of the "bungalow" that holds all of the chrysalis' in different stages.

Most of the pictures I took were close-ups, but this pictures gives you an idea of how populated the conservatory was.

We visited the carnivorous plants room on our way out.

It was a great day and I'm glad we made the trip. I can't wait to come back when it's warmer to visit some of the outdoor exhibits, and of course see the butterflies next year!

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