Butterflies—thousands of them—rule each spring at a Michigan garden conservatory.

January 31, 2019

Any lingering winter chill falls away when you notice that a speckled common lacewing has alighted on your shoulder at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids. Enjoy the magic, but don't touch-the delicate creature will flutter away on its own.

Fifty different species flit freely in the warm, humid conservatory dome during the annual Fred and Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibit, March 1 to April 30. Watch as butterflies emerge from chrysalides; stretch damp, papery wings; and take flight for the first time.

Photos: Courtesy of Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park