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Butterfly Explorers at the Natural History Museum

Butterfly Explorers at the Natural History Museum

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Don’t miss out on the last few weeks of this exhibit!  As part of the International Year of Biodiversity, the Natural History Museum is hosting a Butterfly Explorers event.  Step inside a butterfly house filled with hundreds of different species of butterflies from all over the world, learn about the life cycle of butterflies as well as the threat of survival certain species face.  Find out about which ones live in your garden and what you can do to attract more.  The exhibit also features interactive activities throughout and a tree-house play area.

Did you know?

  • Butterflies range in size from a tiny 1/8 inch to a huge almost 12 inches.
  • The top butterfly flight speed is 12 miles per hour. Some moths can fly 25 miles per hour!
  • Monarch butterflies journey from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, a distance of about 2,000 miles, and return to the north again in the spring.
  • Butterflies cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees.
  • Representations of butterflies are seen in Egyptian frescoes at Thebes, which are 3,500 years old.
  • Antarctica is the only continent on which no Lepidoptera have been found.
  • There are about 24,000 species of butterflies. The moths are even more numerous: about 140,000 species of them were counted all over the world.
  • Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow.

*facts courtesy of www.thebutterflysite.com

Where: Natural History Museum | Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD

When: Until September 26, 2010

Cost: Adult £6 | Child £4 |Adult senior £4 | Family £17
Free to Members, Patrons and children aged 3 and under.

This event is suitable for children aged 5-11.

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