Flight of the Butterflies in 3D. Now that sounds like a relaxing time at the movies. Given my experience in theaters when watching objects appear to zoom, leap or otherwise project themselves in my direction, in which i jump in my seat and bat at the air to stop the action, I can only imagine I’d be swatting my way through the 45-minute movie as millions of Monarchs appeared to be fluttering toward the audience.
But I’m sure the story is a fascinating one. Flight of the Butterflies, a documentary by Dr. Fred Urquhart, follows the migration of two generations of Monarchs between Canada and Mexico. Michigan is on that route—Stonington Peninsula in the Upper Peninsula is a butterfly stopover in late summer and early fall.
“Flight of the Butterflies” is showing around the globe, including The Henry Ford IMax Theatre in Dearborn.
For more on Monarchs mark your calendar for the free program, “Monarchs, Milkweeds, and More” hosted by the Battle Creek Brigham Audubon Society at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 10 at the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek.
Want to see the winged wonders afloat in person? Check out these opportunities to wander among the lovely insects (leave the butterfly nets at home):
- Butterflies in Bloom, through April 21 at Dow Gardens, Midland
- Butterflies Are Blooming, through April 30 at Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids
- Butterflies in the Garden, through April 30 at Michigan State University’s Indoor 4-H Children’s Garden, East Lansing
- Butterfly Garden in the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery, Detroit Zoo, open year ’round
- Butterfly House and Insect World, open seasonally on Mackinac Island
- Wings of Mackinac, butterfly house open seasonally on Mackinac Island