National Insect Week returns in 2020
Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 10:00 to 18:00
This hot and steamy glasshouse is alive with a kaleidoscope of colourful butterflies from across the tropical world.
Plas Pilipala is the huge glasshouse inside the Double Walled Garden.
Female water snipe flies Atherix ibis clasp each other and cluster in big round aggregations on the end of branches overhanging rivers – males entering the swarms are mated repeatedly until they die. The females then lay their eggs in to the water – and all die still in their tight aggregations.