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Butterfly curator Hilary Wood comes face to face with a Tree Nymph (Idea leuconoe) from SE Asia.<br />
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Cold snap no problem for Blenheim's hot house butterflies...<br />
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More than 5,000 native and exotic butterflies have started to emerge in Blenheim Palace's hot and humid Butterfly House.<br />
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Head Gardener, Hilary Wood released dozens of exotic species from Malaysia, Africa, and the Philippines alongside a selection of native butterflies.<br />
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Alongside the live butterflies that arrive in large boxes, staff also delivered around 180 pupae from Africa and the Philippines which have been placed in the Butterfly House’s hatchery area where visitors can see them develop within their chrysalises.<br />
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Garden staff have planted a wide variety of nectar-rich flowers including marguerite, black eyed Susan’s, hydrangea and hibiscus. There are also sugar bowls and fruit from which the butterflies can feed.