Yesterday, I went to the annual Butterflies in Bloom exhibit in the conservatory at Dow Gardens in Midland. This exhibit features nearly 100 species of butterflies and moths from around the world. The conservatory is open year-round, but the butterflies will only be there until April 20th. The exhibit is open daily from 10:00AM to 4:00PM.
This exhibit is a great opportunity to get close to many species of butterflies. Many of the species are very approachable and will allow you to gently handle them. This is a great place to take kids. Just a warning, the exhibit can get very busy crowded at times.
Other places in Michigan where you can see butterflies up close include: the Butterfly Garden at the Detroit Zoo, the Mackinac Island Butterfly House, the Indoor 4-H Children's Garden at Michigan State University (through April 30th), and Brenda's Butterfly Habitat in Westland.
Here are some of my photographs of the butterflies.