Our tropical glasshouse is alive with a kaleidoscope of vivid butterflies from across the tropical world
The Butterfly House at Birmingham Botanical Gardens is home to an array of colourful tropical butterflies from as far as the Philippines, Central America and tropical parts of Africa. Watch these stunning butterflies drinking from exotic, scented, nectar-rich tropical plants such as Lantana, Trachelospermum and Heliotrope.
See the Butterflies feeding on sugar-water feeders and saucers of fermenting fruit such as banana, apple and oranges. Each week 100 new pupae are placed in the emerging case- we attach them to bamboo canes with glue! Some of the chrysalides may hatch on the same day, whilst others take a week or so- if you are lucky you may see one hatch! On sunny days, the butterflies will fly around you and may even land on you to say hello. On cloudy days they prefer to rest in the foliage and are camouflaged as ‘dead leaves’.
Where is it?
Our tropical Butterfly House is located at the far left corner of the gardens and is open every day from late May to early September. From late September to early May, we change this glasshouse to an overwintering glasshouse. This is where, during the winter, we keep our cacti which were planted outside on the Terrace for the summer.