As part of our effort to contribute to environment conservation by taking care of autochthonous wild animals and reinserting them in their natural habitat, we have created a vast butterfly conservatory where we breed numerous species to help reestablish the butterfly wildlife along with the reforestation of their habitats as each butterfly specie needs a specific plant to feed on. We also provide pedagogical activities so our guests can learn how to identify and how we look after not only the butterflies but also the plants. Many other species also benefit from the effort we put into caring and developing the butterflies’ habitat.
“Butterflies lay their eggs on a leaf. The larvae that hatch from these eggs are called caterpillars and they feed on the leaves and shoots of the plant, growing quickly. Each specie requires
a specific type of plant to feed on and the extinction of one of these plants can lead to the disappearance of the butterfly specie.
When the larva is fully grown, the caterpillar starts looking for a suitable pupation site and begins its transformation into a pupa (or chrysalis). During this state it does not feed and undergoes rapid mitosis and metabolic changes called metamorphosis. The adult butterfly then emerges from the chrysalis.
Butterflies feed primarily on nectar from flowers through the proboscis, a tubular mouthpart that has evolved from the articulated mouthpart of some types of insects. This elongated appendage is flexible and very sensitive. It reaches into a flower enabling the butterfly to gather the nectar and then rolls back to fit perfectly under the butterfly’s head.
Male and female butterflies actively chase each other, using their unique wing beats as visual guides and also their sense of smell. After fertilization, the female butterfly lays hundreds or thousands of eggs and the cycle starts again.
Their adult life can be brief, sometimes only the time required for them to reproduce.”