Visitors brave bad weather to see Wisley butterfly exhibit

The butterfly exhibit in the glasshouse at RHS Wisley has proved popular despite the recent bad weather, with 105,978 visitors between 18 January and 24 February, and the event having a fortnight left to run.

The gardens at Wisley run events alongside the main glasshouse exhibition, such as butterfly-themed afternoon tea and butterfly photography mornings, which have sold out.

There are 300 butterflies in the glasshouse at any one time, with an average of 80-100 hatching each day in the on-site puparium.

Wisley buys the butterfly pupae from Stratford Butterfly Farm. John Calvert, director at the farm, said the cheapest butterflies it sells come in at 65p per pupae, and prices are around £150 a week for a batch.

Calvert explained that the main costs involved are the bills for heating the area where the butterflies are kept, because the room needs to be maintained at 25-30 degsC during the day, and the wages for the staff who look after the site.

Permanent butterfly exhibits require a zoo license, whereas temporary ones do not. Butterfly Jungles Experience & Plant Centre opened at Hall Place & Gardens in Bexley, Kent, last week.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next

Sargent's solutions - how to turn the loss of a key member of staff into a positive

Sargent's solutions - how to turn the loss of a key member of staff into a positive

Losing a valued member of staff can be a positive opportunity for change rather than a disaster, Alan Sargent suggests.

I will not be importing oaks this season. Will you?

I will not be importing oaks this season. Will you?

I find myself in a difficult situation. A few weeks ago I was fortunate to be present to hear details of imminent changes to regulations concerning Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) and oak trees. I heard details, asked questions and probed the implications of these changes. That may not sound like a difficult position to be in, yet I am uneasy.

Are tree suppliers seeing the benefit of the health message of trees?

Are tree suppliers seeing the benefit of the health message of trees?

The message that health, the environment and business all benefit from trees is finally getting through, but are nurseries seeing an upturn? Sally Drury reports.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +

HORTICULTURE WEEK Custodian Awards

Find out more about the outstanding parks, gardens and arboricultural projects and teams that became our Custodian Award 2018 winners.

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Products & Kit Resources