National Insect Week returns in 2020
Saturday, June 16, 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.
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.