Don’t let Summer slip away without visiting Blooming Butterflies!

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It’s a flutter fest at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, where the popular “Blooming Butterflies” exhibit is NOW OPEN! Hundreds of butterflies from Africa, Asia and the Americas are flying freely in an indoor garden environment filled with tropical plants. Up to 400 butterflies will be released each week. Every day at noon guests are invited to pay $1 to release their own personal butterfly into the exhibit. The free exhibit is open every day from 10am to 6pm, through September 4.

Blooming Butterflies offers visitors a total immersion experience for the young and old. The 2,500 square foot greenhouse features a thriving butterfly habitat, that over the course of the summer will become home to over 100 species of butterflies from around the world.

As many as 6,400 butterfly pupae (chrysalis) will be sent to Como throughout the summer. The chrysalis is unpacked, inspected for any sign of disease or parasitoids, then pinned to foam boards and placed into the emergence chamber. They emerge anywhere from two days to several weeks and then placed inside the exhibit.

Blooming Butterflies introduces visitors to the wonders of metamorphosis. This seasonal exhibit showcases countless beautifully colored butterflies sipping nectar and taking flight, offering guests the opportunity to better understand and appreciate the life cycle of the creatures and their importance to the ecosystem. Inside the exhibit you can chat with volunteers and ask questions, or simply relax and enjoy the garden while butterflies flit and fly about.

While a few of the butterflies exhibited in Blooming Butterflies are found in Minnesota, the bulk of them are not native. Como holds special permits to exhibit these non-native butterflies. Most of the butterfly species featured at Como are short-lived with an average life span of two to four weeks.

Visitors are encouraged to show off pictures of their visit on social media using the #bloomingbutterflies

Blooming Butterflies is funded in part with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage.

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