News of: Wednesday, October 04 2006,

Butterfly pavillion opened in Amsterdam Zoo (Artis)

As of tomorrow, the new butterfly pavillion can be visited in Amsterdam's Zoo, Artis.

The pavillion is a special greenhouse (because of the temperature requirements of the butterflies), that will house about a 1,000 butterflies.

The pavillion measures 1,000 square meter, and is designed to give you the impression of walking outside. There is a special cabinet where the cocoons and the caterpillars (some of which have bizarre shapes) are housed.

Artis hopes to be able to grow butterflies by itself in the future, but for now the cocoons are flown in from other parts of the world.