Visitors can observe some of the 5,000 butterflies been released into the tropical Butterfly House at stunning Blenheim Palace.

Many exotic species from South America, Africa, Australia and South Asia as well as a selection of native butterflies have been released since the half term holidays.

Alongside the live butterflies, Blenheim staff also delivered around 180 pupae from Africa and the Philippines which have been placed in the Butterfly House's hatchery area.  Visitors can see them develop within their chrysalises before being released in to the main area.

It is also worth checking out the wonderful variety of nectar-rich flowers including marguerite, black eyed Susan's, hydrangea and hibiscus planted by Garden Staff.

Rare butterflies released include the blue morpho, a tropical rainforest species found in Central and South America. One of the largest butterfly species in the world, the adults' wingspan is up to 20cms. As its name suggests the butterfly has bright blue wings, edged with black.

The owl butterfly can also be seen which gets its name from the large round eyespots on its wings which resemble those of an owl.

The butterflies share their home with a colony of zebra finches.

Date: This event runs from February 2017.

Ticket prices:

Park & Gardens ticket required: Adult £14.90, child £6.90 (ages 5 to 16), family £39.90 (2 Adults & 2 Children)

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