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National Insect Week returns in 2020

Buckfast Butterfly Farm

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 10:00 to 17:00

The Butterfly House is a specially designed and maintained exhibition of living exotic butterflies and moths, where visitors can enjoy direct contact with some of the most beautiful members of the insect order Lepidoptera from around the world and find out lots of information on butterflies.

Within the flight area the environment is carefully controlled and monitored to maintain perfect conditions for the live butterflies to live and breed as they would in the wild. A high temperature and humidity is maintained not only to support the beautiful butterflies, but also sustain the exotic plants and flowers needed to enable the butterflies and larvae to feed. Thus, the natural habitat of the butterfly has been reconstructed at our butterfly farm in such a way as to allow visitors an insight into the fascinating way of life of these creatures.

Real butterflies with their highly coloured wings are present in our gardens and countryside during spring and summer. They are always easy to recognise and have always been much admired, and, being unable to bite or sting they have been set apart from their insect relatives, which has done much to increase their popularity.

Age limits or guidance

Suitable for all

Cost details

Adults £8.50, Concessions £7.50, Child £6.50

Accessibility

We are wheelchair friendly but some of the fences around the otter pens are too high to see over while seated so we always ask those using wheelchairs to chat to our keepers who will help you find the best vantage points.

Did you know?

Most poisonous

There are lots of contenders here – possibly the pretty red and blue rove beetle Paederus – very, very tiny amounts of its poison have been used to cure chronic ulceration in people. Ladybirds are pretty poisonous (and pretty) and can bleed foul-tasting poisonous brightly coloured blood from their knees.