La Casa delle Farfalle.
"The Butterfly House"
by Francesco Zezza
Can you imagine a generous 500 square meters green-house mimicking the "rain forest" to exist in Italy? Well not me … until I visited the "The Butterfly House" (In Milano Marittima, Ravenna in the North of Italy). It doesn’t replicate any "specific environment" – as clearly stated in the info you’re given before entering – but, instead hosts butterflies from Africa, South America and Asia! It is definitely a really interesting place to visit, especially for a rain forest enthusiast like me …
The inside climate is "bad" 26/28oC with humidity levels never below 70% (something we tested in the Peruvian jungle, a few years ago) and you will find yourself wet within seconds: not that pleasant, I agree, but all the same I feel it’s worth visiting! Here we go, let’s get in:
Below you can see another view of the green-house (the pond is full of gold fish).
But enough now; let’s look for some butterflies (I won’t dare to guess any scientific names, simply enjoy the pics!).
One of the feeding points (lot of fruit is served, among the rest).
A caterpillar: aka a future butterfly …
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