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Thousands of butterflies were set free in the Montreal Botanical Garden's climate-controlled greenhouses for the 15th annual edition of the 'Butterflies Go Free' exhibit. Visitors were encouraged to walk through the greenhouse and view the many different species of butterflies in flight. The countries that the butterflies hail from include Costa Rica, Indonesia, Tanzania, and Ecuador but the exhibit also showcased local butterfly species.
The main greenhouse in the Botanical Garden is heated up to 29 degrees and filled with tropical plants and flowers to simulate the butterfly's natural habitat.
Touching the butterflies could easily injure them, so visitors are told not to. However, the butterflies will often land on people, in which case you just wait for them to fly away. It seems that the children in the greenhouse were able to attract the butterflies fairly easily; this may be because of kids' tendency to wear brighter clothing than adults. One little girl got tired of holding onto a butterfly and ended up transferring it to Alex's hand. After a few moments (and a photo-op, of course), he transferred the butterfly to another little kid who was lamenting that one hadn't landed on her. - Mina