Butterfly boom at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Keepers at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo are currently celebrating particularly high numbers of butterflies this autumn in the Zoo’s tropical Butterfly House. 

Tiger longwing butterfly at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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.

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.”

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.

Flamebeau butterfly at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Families can enjoy extra value-for-money from a visit to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo this half-term with Boo at the Zoo, its annual celebration of all things spooky, which is free with normal entry charges. For 10% off, book tickets here

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