Over six thousand exotic butterflies have been released into the tropical zone of the glasshouse at RHS Wisley, and visitors can delight in spotting them from January 14th to 5th March 2017.
Wisley's butterfly expert, entomologist Anna Plantoni wears a floral decorated hat to attract some of the 50 different species including the large Blue Morpho a firm favourite, but Great Mormon, Scarlet and Lime Swallowtails as well as Pale Owl butterflies are amongst the many tropical, exotic butterflies in the house. They enjoy sunning themselves and open , bathing on exotic palm, banana or bromeliads , butterflies include; Brightly coloured butterflies like the green banded emerald swallowtail , citrus or ruby spotted swallowtails,the iridescent malachite or the ingenious Indian leaf butterfly which camouflages itself like a dry leaf.
There are over six thousand butterflies, some 50 species,from all over the world, bred I on a special farm in Belize and transported as pupae wrapped in cotton wool, to Wisley. Here you can see them metamorphosing from pupa to emergent butterfly in special viewing boxes, once emerged they hang out to dry, before being released into the ,luxuriant , exotic , plant filled glasshouse.
Its lovely and warm inside, the perfect place to beat winters chill, it is guaranteed to warm your heart as well as your hands, a very smiley place to visit.
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