Minibeast Metropolis

Minibeast Metropolis is teeming with life and houses one of the largest insect collections in the UK. It is also home to our snakes, reptiles, amphibians and other invertebrates. Come and see these fascinating creatures up close!
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New arrivals in the Metropolis!

Here at Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm we constantly change our exhibits to make things different for our returning visitors. We have a number of species that we keep off show so that we can vary and rotate our displays.

Latest arrivals in the Metropolis are the Pumpkin Patch Tarantula and the Red Clawed Crayfish.

Pumkin Patch Tarantula
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Hapalopus sp.

This stunning, beautifully coloured spider originates from the rainforests of Columbia. 

The spiders name is derived from its distinctive, brightly coloured orange and yellow abdomen markings. Although fairly small in size it has plenty of attitude!

Red Clawed Crayfish
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Cherax quadricarinatus

Red Clawed Crayfish or Yabbys’ originate from Australia and Papua New Guinea.

This wonderfully coloured creature can also be found as an invasive species in many other countries across the world. Invasive populations are often a direct result of human interference, combined with the versatile nature of the species concerned.

In the UK there are at least six known species of invasive crayfish!

The Yabby’s inability to reproduce in cold, temperate climates removes the threat of invasion of UK waters, making them the only species of crayfish legally allowed to be kept in aquariums under UK law.

Please find below some of the other creatures currently on display in Minibeast Metropolis.

Radiant Sun Beetle
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Prionotheca coronata

The Radiant Sun Beetle is a type of Beetle found throughout the Middle East.

They have tough wing cases covered in small spines which help deter predators.

The ancient Egyptians worshipped them and would hollow out the beetles to wear as protective amulets to avert evil spirits.

Giant Leaf Insect
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Phyllium giganteum

These spectacular leaf like insect originate from the rainforests of Malaysia and can grow to over 10cms in length.

They are so good at looking like leaves that they often nibble each other by mistake!

All of our leaf insects are females. The males of this species are so rare that the females have developed the ability to reproduce with out them.