A new exhibition, Sensational Butterflies, is being held at the Natural History Museum bringing some of the world's most astonishing specimens to London. The exhibition is divided up into five sensory zones exploring how butterflies see, hear, taste, smell and touch. Scientists are still learning how butterflies use their senses and communicate with each other through sight, smell and sound.
All the tropical butterflies in the museum's butterfly house are bred from common species in their country of origin including Belize, Costa Rica and parts of Africa and Asia. Their chrysalises are packed in cotton wool and flown to Britain, whereupon Brown and his colleagues painstakingly glue each one to a branch in the hatchery.
Sensational Butterflies opened at at the Natural History Museum on 6 April in London and will remain open to the public until September.
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