Tropical Weather in Central Iowa

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AMES, Iowa -- The temperatures have been below zero, so what better time to find somewhere warm in central Iowa.

The Reiman Gardens Butterfly Wing at Iowa State University was a busy place on the Martin Luther King Holiday. Kids with no school brought parents along.

400 butterflies flew about among steamy green plants. Visitors can watch the butterflies feed on sweet nectar and some flowers.

"We keep it about 80 degrees, and 80 percent relative humidity because they are exothermic and the butterflies like it warm," said Sarah May, an ISU Sophomore studying Animal Science.

During the summer months, 800 butterflies can be viewed, more are on hand as that is the peak season for visitors at Reiman Gardens.

"Absolutely beautiful, when everything dead in the snow— nice to see some butterflies," said Jess Linderman, who came to Ames from New York.

Linderman and her friend Matt Bishop were traveling cross country, and came to Ames to see the World's Largest Garden Gnome.  That was outdoors in the cold. They actually enjoyed the butterflies even more than the gnome.

"Come for the gnome stay for the garden," said Bishop.

If you want to know more about Reiman Gardens, check out their website here.

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