National Insect Week returns in 2020
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 10:00 to 17:00
See hundreds of live butterflies and moths up-close in our tropical butterfly house.
This technicolour exhibition features a huge variety of these beautiful insects, ethically sourced from Africa, Asia and the Americas.
Follow the trail through a jungle habitat in the heart of London as butterflies fly around you. You will pass hungry caterpillars, insects emerging from their chrysalises and busy feeding stations.
Kids and families can find out fascinating butterfly facts and learn more about the behaviour and diversity of these much-loved creatures.
There are lots of contenders here – possibly the pretty red and blue rove beetle Paederus – very, very tiny amounts of its poison have been used to cure chronic ulceration in people. Ladybirds are pretty poisonous (and pretty) and can bleed foul-tasting poisonous brightly coloured blood from their knees.