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Blenheim Palace Unveils New-Look Butterfly House

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The Butterfly House at Blenheim Palace has been given a fresh look for 2024, with the aim of making it more accessible and immersive for visitors, as well as an even better environment than before for its winged inhabitants.

​Head Gardener Andy Mills has worked closely with Senior Gardener Chris Horne, who has looked after the Butterfly House for over 10 years, to add a host of new spring flowers including amaryllis and fritillaries, which now sit alongside exotic plants from Africa, Madeira and South America.

​The middle pond has been covered over to improve visitor access to the centre of the house, while there is a bigger emphasis on tropical fruits including pineapple, mango and papaya for the butterflies’ diet, to more closely resemble what they would eat in the wild.

​Last year, new technology was introduced to help monitor temperature, humidity and butterfly hatch rates in the Butterfly House, which in 2023 welcomed 38 new species of tropical butterflies.

​With new residents such as ‘Red Lacewing’, ‘Emerald Peacock’ and the stunning ‘Blue Wave’, the Butterfly House is filled with a myriad of bright and beautiful creatures.

​To book tickets for Blenheim Palace and Gardens, including The Butterfly House, visit www.blenheimpalace.com/visitus/what-to-do/butterfly-house

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