Who doesn't delight in seeing a butterfly in flight? There's something truly magical in watching those boldly patterned wings beating rhythmically as the creature flits from flower to flower, gracefully performing the life-sustaining task of pollination. Beginning May 17, visitors to the Arboretum will have an opportunity to view the wonder of butterflies up close and personal when the exhibit "Butterflies: Beauty in Flight" opens and continues through Aug. 17 in the Arboretum's Meyer-Deats Conservatory. Located in the Snyder Building, the conservatory will be filled with live butterflies that are native to Minnesota, as well as common plants that sustain these pollinators.
Additional features include an "emergence cabinet" showing the insects in the pupa (chrysalis) stage as they transition into butterflies, as well as signage on their life cycle. Look for butterfly-friendly "pollinator plantings" in containers and gardens. Also planned are special butterfly releases on certain days during the exhibit and Tamron Lenses will sponsor a butterfly photo "treasure hunt" with interpretive signage providing photo tips for capturing close-up butterfly images. These tips can also be viewed here.
Due the nature of the exhibit, only a limited number of people will be allowed entry at a given time and no strollers please.
With support from
View a short video about the making of this amazing summer exhibit:
Click here to see Tamron's tips for taking
the perfect butterfly photos!
Butterfly Release Days!
10 a.m. Saturdays, July 12 through August 16.
Butterfly releases are open to all, but butterflies will be available for purchase for those who wish to release butterflies during one of these special events.
July registration is now closed, but you may still register to buy butterflies for release at one of three August events!
||Please click on "Register" button
to buy butterflies for release.