Magazine article The Spectator

Culture Notes: Transformations

Magazine article The Spectator

Culture Notes: Transformations

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Credit: Liz Anderson

South Kensington is teeming with butterflies at the moment, or at least the specially constructed tropical enclosure at the Natural History Museum is. Sensational Butterflies (until 14 September) takes you on a journey through the life cycle of, you guessed it, the butterfly: from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly.

Butterflies had a good time of it last year, because of the warm sunny weather -- the best for seven years -- but the year before had been one of the worst ever for these insects (and for us), with their numbers crashing. The outlook is good for this summer. Fingers crossed.

While the exhibition is aimed mainly at children, anyone would be fascinated to see, for example, rows of pupae lined up in the hatchery and, if you are lucky, watch a butterfly or moth emerge. …

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