Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo

404We were visiting Christine’s parents in Monmouth last week and on Thursday had a trip out to the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo at Symonds Yat. There’s only the one medium sized glasshouse but it’s home to a good collections of butterflies. Emma didn’t last more than a couple of minutes inside though as it’s kept pretty humid. You’re given some identification cards which I’ve used to label most of the photos I took but there are two I haven’t got: one I forgot to label before deleting my photos of the cards and another that didn’t appear on the cards at all. If you know what they are, please let me know!

407We also went to the adjacent Amazing Hedge Puzzle which is part of the same attraction. This provided only about 10 minutes of amusement and the attached “museum” needs a bit of work – not really worth the entrance fee. Looks like the place is becoming a bit of a theme park though with a crazy golf course under construction at the moment (which will, no doubt, have another small charge).

4 Responses to “Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo”

  1. Ian says:

    First one looks like a swallowtail of some description, quick look on Wikipedia might be the citrus swallowtail? No idea about the other one though…

  2. Dave says:

    Thanks Ian. While looking that up I think I’ve found the other one as well – Great Eggfly.

  3. Emma Brady says:

    Im so glad you and your family came to visit our zoo and maze, we have taken on board your comments on the museum of mazes. Next time you visit us ask for me and i’ll make sure you get a free go on the golf course. The butterfly in the photograph is a “Idea leuconoe” or a White Tree Nymph, also known as the rice paper butterfly. If you need others identifying please don’t hesitate to contact me.
    Zoo Keeper.

  4. Dave says:

    Thanks Emma – always good to know when attractions are listening and I’ll be sure to take up your offer of the round of golf!