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Michigan's Meijer Gardens prepares for butterfly exhibit

The first shipments of butterflies hang in their cocoons as a Betterfly emerges Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. The 18th annual Butterflies are Blooming exhibit opens March 1. (Photo By The Associated Press)
The first shipments of butterflies hang in their cocoons as a Betterfly emerges Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. The 18th annual Butterflies are Blooming exhibit opens March 1. (Photo By The Associated Press)
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Monday, February 18, 2013 08:24 am
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids is getting ready to open its 18th annual "Butterflies Are Blooming" exhibit.The event at the West Michigan attraction opens to the public March 1 and media recently got a sneak peak at butterflies in their chrysalis form.

Meijer Gardens is getting deliveries of hundreds of chrysalides a week. They first will be placed in the Butterfly Bungalow. After emerging as butterflies they're released into the five-story Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory to fly for the popular display.

"Butterflies Are Blooming" typically draws nearly 150,000 visitors. The exhibit runs through April 30.

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