Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm

Swan's Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 7LS

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News Archive

Below are the news reports for Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm, covering significant events concerning the animal collection, such as births, arrivals, departures, and deaths.

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm Details

Arrival: 25 July 2012

A giant Capricorn Beetle has arrived, having been discovered at Shropshire Building Supplies and is thought to have come from Germany in an imported oak beam. The species, one of Europe's largest, was once native in the UK, but became extinct in the early 18th century. They are still found in central Europe but are becoming extremely rare.

Arrival: 2 March 2012

A pair of Green Iguanas called Stumpy and Princess have arrived, having been donated by "Bags of Reptiles" of Evesham. They are about 10 years old and over 4 feet long.

Arrival: 26 October 2011

Queensland Birdwing Butterflies have arrived, and are currently emerging from their chrysalis. With a wingspan of 22cm it is one of the world's largest butterfly species.

Arrival: 25 August 2011

A Brazilian wandering spider, Phoneutria Nigriventer, has arrived following its discovery in a Coventry warehouse. The species is highly aggressive, and one of the most venomous in the world.

Arrival: April 2011

A colony of Leafcutter Ants have arrived, to take up residence in the new "Amazing Ants" display.

Arrival: October 2009

A group of Vampire Crabs have arrived. The species originates from SE Asia, and is unusual in that they do not need the sea to breed.

Arrival: January 2009

A number of exotic birds have arrived from the Rutland Water Butterfly Farm following its closure and now fly free along with the butterflies in the main area. These include: 2 Yellow and 2 Green Ringneck Parakeets, 5 Cockatiels, 2 Sunbirds, 3 Diamond Doves, 2 Rosella Birds, 1 Senegal Parrot and 1 Amazon Parrot (named Tom).

Arrival: 8 July 2008

A Capricorn Beetle, one of Europe's largest species, has arrived following discovery on a pavement in Ashchurch, Gloucestershire. The species is classified as extinct in Britain, and this one is thought to have arrived in this country among imported timber.

Arrival: 26 October 2007

A female Giant Long Legged Katydid, the world's largest species of hopper, has arrived. This species is extremely rare, and can reach up to 35cm in length (including antennae).

Arrival: 25 September 2007

A female Black Widow spider has arrived, following its discovery in a car that had been imported from Arizona, USA. It has now been christened `Dorothy' by the staff.

Arrival: 28 August 2007

A Giant African Snail with only one eye has arrived, following its discovery on a train. It is assumed to have been somebody's pet, but how it came to be left on a train is unknown!

Arrival: 13 March 2007

A number of Dragon Headed Grasshoppers, and 30 Jewel (or Frog) Beetles have arrived.

Arrival: 13 December 2006

Chinese Gliding Frogs and Leaf Insects have arrived.

Arrival: 16 October 2006

A Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater Spider, called `Mildred', has arrived, together with a group of Domino Beetles (about 2in long and black with white spots, hence their common name).


Where possible, the dates given are for the event itself, but some zoos do not make this information available, when the date of announcement is used instead.

Seasons: Winter = Jan - Mar, Spring = Apr - Jun, Summer = Jul - Sept, Autumn = Oct - Dec.

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