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 three Dying Poison Arrow Frogs!
Dendrobates tinctorius matecho
originate from French Guiana and get their name from the misconception that natives used to use the brightly coloured frogs to dye fabric.
They are a bold, vibrant frog, yellow on the back and blue on the legs and can grow up to two inches long, making it one of the largest species of poison frogs. True to their name, poison frogs are among the most toxic animals on Earth!
Please find below some of the other creatures currently on display in Minibeast Metropolis!
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 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.
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.
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.
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