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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:

This is how it really looks like; butterflies are everywhere and they are not the only inhabitants of this jungle (I had to pass three time back and forth before spotting him!)

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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