Escape the cold this winter and feel the warmth at Stratford Butterfly Farm. With temperatures of 25°C, the popular attraction is the ideal place to take family and friends to enjoy the heat of a summer’s day, however distant that may feel!
Visitors can watch the stunning Christmas Butterfly, also known as Papilio demodocus as it flies around the rainforest flight area. This beautiful butterfly, which is primarily black and yellow, is native to Africa and has an average wingspan of 9 – 11cm. The caterpillars feed on citrus trees and hence is also known as the ‘Citrus Swallowtail’.
New on display in Minibeast Metropolis are two Giant Hooded Katydids, also known as Siliquofera grandis, which are native to Papa New Guinea. They are named after the large ‘hood’ which makes up the first segment of the thorax. The specimens on display at the Butterfly Farm are incredibly large with a wingspan of 25cm. They are unique in the fact that the Butterfly Farm is the first only UK Zoo to have them on public display!