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Bumper butterfly year for Whipsnade Zoo

Bumper butterfly year for Whipsnade Zoo

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:05pm 20th October 2019.

It's been a successful year for the butterfly house at Whipsnade Zoo near Tring.

The chrysalis-shaped Butterfly House, which is one of the largest butterfly biomes in the UK and features colourful butterflies from around the world, is currently alive with hundreds of the delicate, fluttering creatures, thanks in part to temperate weather conditions.

Tiger longwing butterfly (1)
Tiger longwing butterfly

Team leader Alex Cliffe said:

"Although we keep conditions within the Butterfly House warm and humid all year round, the butterflies love this time of year when the outside temperature isn't too hot or too cold. All our species, from the shimmering blue morpho butterfly to the Atlas moth, which is one of the largest in the world, seem to be thriving.

"It's lovely to watch visitors, especially children, have up close encounters with these incredible, colourful creatures, and see families discovering every stage of their life-cycle at the Metamorphosis Zone."

Indian leafwing butterfly (3)
Indian leafwing butterfly

Butterflies aren't the only creatures increasing their numbers at the Zoo this autumn.

Within the same building, the Zoo's new Aquarium is welcoming a whole raft of new fish into its Brazilian Flooded Forest exhibit, including the aptly Halloween-theme-named Black ghost knifefish.

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