It's not much more than a big humid greenhouse with ornamental pond, water feature and tropical plants, but contains many individuals of about 30 species of highly colourful butterflies from all over the world, some of them absolute corkers. I really enjoyed seeing and walking among them, but frustratingly difficult to photograph in a crowded area and three sprogs in tow. The kids enjoyed them too though which was nice to see, and here are a few of my better shots.
|Orchard Swallowtail (male)|
An absolute stunner but couldn't get a still shot of it
as the wings shimmered continuously
Shame I couldn't get a photo with wings open as it's a
gorgeous kingfisher blue on the topside
reminds me of the opening titles of Dr Who from the 1960s
|Southern Hawker (female)|
The only other dragonfly seen, a large flypast hawker, remained unidentified. Good day out though.