National Insect Week returns in 2020
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 10:00 to 17:30
The Butterfly House is open following an extensive modernisation project. The transformed greenhouse is now capable of hosting large volumes of neo-tropical butterflies during the warm summer months, plus our new puparium where the pupae can transform. Butterfly Season is May - September and there are currently butterflies on the wing.
Female water snipe flies Atherix ibis clasp each other and cluster in big round aggregations on the end of branches overhanging rivers – males entering the swarms are mated repeatedly until they die. The females then lay their eggs in to the water – and all die still in their tight aggregations.