National Insect Week returns in 2020
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 10:00 to 17:00
Our butterfly house is an adventurous step into the tropics.
With hundreds of colourful butterflies and beautiful tropical plants, there is always something new to see.
Learn about the life cycle of this awesome insect or simply relax and enjoy a little bit of paradise, in the heart of Hanwell.
You can walk right though the enclosure, with the butterflies flying free and feeding on fruits and nectar from all of the beautiful flowers.
We discourage touching, as their wings are very sensitive, but if you wear something bright enough, they might just land on you to say hello.
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.