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The Natural History Museum comes alive this summer with Sensational Butterflies

Follow chomping caterpillars turning into beautiful butterflies, in the exhibition Sensational Butterflies, now in its seventh year.

Step through the humid greenery as the exhibition takes you on the transformational journey

of one of nature’s most incredible life cycles. Following the trail leads you past munching

caterpillars, jewel-like chrysalises and interactive displays, while hundreds of striking

butterflies and moths flutter above your head.

“Sensational Butterflies is a rare chance to see butterflies and moths usually seen in Africa,

Asia and South America” says Dr Blanca Huertas, curator of butterflies and moths at the

Natural History Museum. “It is a chance to see these beautiful creatures in flight and to

contemplate their delicate balance with their environment here in the city”.

Other highlights include:

  • an outdoor butterfly garden with tips on how to attract butterflies and create your own butterfly garden at home.
  • games and activities exploring surprising butterfly facts.
  • the chance to watch butterflies emerge from their chrysalises through the hatchery window.
  • a riot of colourful tropical plants in the house and garden.
  • tips and advice from the butterfly house manager.

Notes for editors

The Natural History Museum cares for one of the biggest and most diverse butterfly and moth

collections in the world, gathered over the last 200 years. Scientists here at the Museum study

this collection, which attracts visiting scientists from all around the world.

The Natural History Museum welcomes more than five million visitors a year and is also a

world-leading science research centre. Through its unique collection and unrivalled expertise

it is tackling the biggest challenges facing the world today. It helps enable food security,

eradicate disease and manage resource scarcity. It is studying the diversity of life and the

delicate balance of ecosystems to ensure the survival of our planet. For more information go