Once a year The Natural History Museum plays hosts to a wide array of butterflies and moths in its spectacular tropical enclosure.
Returning for it’s sixth year Sensational Butterflies allows visitors to come face-to-face with tropical butterflies whilst emerging yourself in the sights and sounds of a tropical environment. Over fifty different species of butterflies originating from Africa, Southeast Asia and North and South America flutter past you showing off their vibrant colours.
This is a wonderful chance for children (and big kids like myself!) to learn, via close-up observation, and engaging in games, activities and challenges that teach about the lifecycle and sensory world of these delicate creatures. You have the chance to observe the magnificent birth sequence – from the butterfly slowly wriggling out of its chrysalis, pumping up its wings then eventually taking flight. I was really impressed by the sheer number of butterflies, so many you had to watch where you stepped as to not trample on ones resting on the floor!
Sensational Butterflies runs from 3 April until 14 September 2014 and can be found on the East Lawn of The Natural History Museum.