Butterflies at the Butterfly Farm, Devon


Come and see some of the most beautiful members of this insect order

The Butterfly House is a specially designed and maintained exhibition of living exotic butterflies and moths, where visitors can enjoy direct contact with some of the most beautiful members of the insect order Lepidoptera from around the world and find out lots of information on butterflies.

Within the flight area the environment is carefully controlled and monitored to maintain perfect conditions for the live butterflies to live and breed as they would in the wild. A high temperature and humidity is maintained not only to support the beautiful butterflies, but also sustain the exotic plants and flowers needed to enable the butterflies and larvae to feed. Thus, the natural habitat of the butterfly has been reconstructed at our butterfly farm in such a way as to allow visitors an insight into the fascinating way of life of these creatures.


Butterfly Eggs

As part of the butterflies life cycle, after mating the female butterfly lays her eggs on or very near to the food plant on which the larva feeds.

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Butterfly Pupa

As part of the life cycle of butterflies, the end of the larval life is marked by the final moulting, which gives rise to a pupa or chrysalis.

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Butterflies and their larva form an important part of the food chain. To ensure their survival they have adopted various means of camouflage.

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Real butterflies with their highly coloured wings are present in our gardens and countryside during spring and summer. They are always easy to recognise and have always been much admired, and, being unable to bite or sting they have been set apart from their insect relatives, which has done much to increase their popularity.


Species to see

See some amazing pictures and learn more about the various different species you will see when you visit.

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Common Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked question we receive from visitors to the Butterfly Farm

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Butterfly Conservation

There are many things we can do as individuals to help wildlife conservation, even in our own gardens.

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Caterpillar or Larva

Butterfly caterpillars or butterfly larvae are the main feeding stage of the life cycle of butterflies.

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Natural Pest Control

Glasshouse pests need to be controlled, without chemicals, to prevent infestations to our plants, which are vital for our butterflies.

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Butterfly Life Cycle

As advanced insects, butterflies and moths have a "complete" life cycle.

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Did you know?

Butterflies and moths make up the large group (or Order) of insects known as the Lepidoptera. This comes from the Greek words for "scale" and "wing". This Order is divided into families of butterflies and moths and there are about 150,000 different species.