A real touch of glass

EMERGING from the cold and grey and into a colourful tropical paradise aflutter with exotic and beautiful butterflies was truly uplifting for those who witnessed the latest display in Wisley’s Glasshouse on Saturday.

A WARM WELCOME FROM WISLEY– The Glasshouse entrance announces the butterfly display

A WARM WELCOME FROM WISLEY– The Glasshouse entrance announces the butterfly display

It is an exciting sight for all who visit Wisley’s winged wonders over the next few weeks .

Shards of colour from the striking Blue Morpho, Giant Owl, King Swallowtail and the bright orange Malay Lacewing catch the eye as they flutter freely between exotic ferns, palms, lush-leaved creepers and dazzling flower displays.

BEAUTIFUL – Tiger butterfly is a visual feast

BEAUTIFUL – Tiger butterfly is a visual feast

The curious creatures can be seen flying among the nectar plants and feeding from fruits and sweet liquids at designated stations.

IT’S OPENING DAY – and visitor Emily Godfrey, 11, quickly strikes up a close relationship with a Tree Nymph, to the bemusement of younger brother Jay, nine Picture by: RHS Roger Allen

IT’S OPENING DAY – and visitor Emily Godfrey, 11, quickly strikes up a close relationship with a Tree Nymph, to the bemusement of younger brother Jay, nine Picture by: RHS Roger Allen

Children have the opportunity to learn about the life cycle of butterflies at the special puparium, and may even be lucky and have one settle on them if they can keep still for long enough.

FEELING THE HEAT – visitors to the steamy Glasshouse try to spot more elusive butterflies

FEELING THE HEAT – visitors to the steamy Glasshouse try to spot more elusive butterflies

As part of Wisley’s half-term activities week (February 14 until February  22) youngsters can discover the world of butterflies and learn of  their super skills and special senses.

MORE info at www.rhs.org.uk/wisley.

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