Allan Bannister has been an enormous help in updating our list of gardens. He himself has visited several of the gardens on our list. He writes, "The garden in Edinburgh, Scotland is my favourite. The curator is a Mr. Ian Mann, a very helpful and polite person who is only too keen to assist in answering any queries from the public. He also has a quite varied selection of insects, from large Beetles which he has recently brought back from Belize, through Scorpions, Lizards, Tarantulas, Stick Insects, Leaf-cutting Ants, Amphibians and Snakes. It is well worth a visit."
Allan Bannister writes, "Syon Park houses what was England's first Butterfly House. It is a short walk from a good bus route from central London or about 1 mile from the nearest railway station at Syon Lane. On the site, apart from the butterflies, are a fantastic collection of old cars. I believe it is one of the best in the UK. A visitor can spend a whole day in Syon Park, with its garden centre, and, of course, the actual house is open to the public. Syon Park is also home to several car rallies throughout the year. Last year I was fortunate enough to be there the same day as dozens of E-Type Jaguars. It was a superb sight.
This facility, on Sentosa Island, Singapore, houses over 3,000 mounted specimens and approximately 60 live species in a large outdoor conservatory. Visitors can observe butterflies in all stages of development and activity.
Tropical butterflies and insects from Southeast Asia make up 80% of the collection, including spectacular examples from South America, Africa, and the rest of Asia.
The World Insectarium has butterfly breeding farms in Penang and Sarawak, Malaysia. It conducts valuable research and assists scholars and scientists from around the world .
Source: The Art of the Butterfly, © 1990, contributed by David Whittredge of Paper Animation Design.
Paul MacAvaney let us know about this park. He says it is a spectacular butterfly park outside of Melaka, Malaysia on Air Keroh Road just off the North-South Expressway. The netted area contains over 200 species of butterflies, as well as a waterfall, hanging bridge, and long-house. It is by far the biggest and most beautiful he has seen anywhere. Hours: Daily, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Admission: Adults - RM4.00, Children - RM2.00. Note: admission price is in Ringgit Malaysia (RM), and dates from the time his family and him were there (1994).
I am happy to announce a new addition to the list of Butterfly Houses. It is the Butterfly House at "BOTANICA - The Wichita Gardens" in Wichita, KA. I was just there the Fourth of July. They also have a fabulous Butterfly Garden outdoors with a beautiful bronze sculpture of two children admiring some butterflies. It was truly a delight. The butterfly house is filled with Swallowtails and other species native to Kansas. The full variety of both host and food plants are beautifully cultured with a special emphasis on the healthy rearing and protection of the butterflies as they move through the cycle of life. I was impressed with the way they had a fine water mist spraying at the door to discourage the butterflies from departing. Also they used a two door entrance with caretakers posted to protect the delicate inhabitants. Very, very impressive overall. When I toured they had only been open a couple of weeks and it is clearly going to be a huge success. David Denholm
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