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Get all in a flutter with Eden's beautiful tropical butterflies

Added: 7 August 2013

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This summer the Eden Project is introducing a kaleidoscope of butterflies into the lush surroundings of the Rainforest Biome. There are 19 tropical species in all, including the stunning Zebra longwing, the bright Postman butterfly, and the magnificent Blue morpho.

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All the species naturally live, mate and feed in the rainforest so visitors will be able to watch them display their natural behaviours as they transform from pupae to fully-grown butterflies.

Butterfly pupae cabinets have been set up in the bamboo house in the Biome so that visitors can see chrysalises ready to emerge. For those lucky enough to be there at the right time, there will be the chance to see young butterflies stretch their wings before being released into the Biome.
 
The butterflies are looked after by full-time Butterfly Keepers, whose duties include keeping the pupae comfortable in a warm and humid atmosphere, releasing the fully-formed butterflies into different areas of the Biome, topping up nectar feeders, monitoring their behaviour and answering visitors’ questions.
 
Another new addition to the Rainforest Biome is the Rainforest Aerial Walkway. We brought you news of the new fully accessible wooden path that snakes through the treetops back in June. Please click here to read the article.
 
As well as experiencing the Rainforest Aerial Walkway that provides visitors with spectacular views of the rainforest canopy and the whole Biome and seeing the vibrant array of butterflies, there are plenty of other uplifting activities at Eden during the summer holidays. These include den building, family trails, butterfly-themed artwork and a frenetic game called Be the Bee, where children can assume the role of a bee by making their own costume before taking to the Eden site delivering “pollen” to special plants where they can collect “nectar”.
 
For full accessibility details of the Eden Project and a link to their own website please click here to visit their page in our Family Attractions section.