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Tropical butterfly house unveiled

Atlas Moth
Species of the Atlas Moth will be in the exhibit. Pic supplied by Floris Sloof.

Hundreds of butterflies will provide a spectacular finale to a new interactive family exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London.

Amazing Butterflies will allow visitors to get up close with species from North America, Africa and Asia.

A giant activity maze also takes people on a journey from egg to caterpillar and chrysalis to butterfly.

The exhibition at the museum in South Kensington, west London, runs from Saturday until 17 August.

Entering the interactive maze as a caterpillar, visitors will find themselves in a secret world with grass and leaves towering above.

Parcipants will encounter challenges as they try to avoid poisonous plants and predators and emerge as a butterfly.

After surviving the maze visitors will find themselves in the tropical butterfly house where they can watch butterflies emerge from their chrysalises and feed at the feeding station.

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