Butterflies and moths are the adult stage of a group of insects called Lepidoptera.
'Lepidoptera' means 'scaly wings' in Greek because their wings are covered with thousands of tiny scales overlapping in rows. These scales, arranged in colourful designs unique to each species, are what gives the butterfly its beauty!
Like all insects, butterflies have 6 legs and 3 main body parts: head, thorax (mid section) and abdomen (tail end). They also have 2 antennae and an exoskeleton.
Butterflies and moths undergo complete metamorphosis in which they go through 4 different life stages – Egg, Larva (caterpillar), Pupa (chrysalis) and Adult - a beautiful flying butterfly!
Inside the butterfly house you'll find an array of exotic species but we also support and manage the habitat of native butterflies at each our local conservation sites.