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Natural History Museum unveils butterfly exhibit

Girl and butterfly

The Natural History Museum has unveiled an attraction which allows people to walk among hundreds of butterflies.

"Butterfly Explorers" has been set up on the west London museum's east lawn and features butterfly species from four different continents.

The exhibit, which opens on Thursday, will display exotic butterflies that fly around and land on visitors.

It will show butterflies hatching and give children the chance to hold the insects and use interactive exhibits.

'Ideal habitats'

The attraction includes butterflies from North America, Asia and Africa as well as the the Amazon rainforest.

It also has a hatchery room where tropical butterflies can be seen emerging from their chrysalises.

Mike Sarna, from the Natural History Museum, said: "For Butterfly Explorers we've chosen to highlight five distinct international butterfly habitats, which means that visitors will be able to walk among many species of tropical butterfly as they make their way through the butterfly house.

"We're also showing visitors what they can do to make their own gardens butterfly-friendly and to help to ensure that we protect and create ideal habitats for butterflies."

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