Spooky moth catches the eye at Chiswell Green’s Butterfly World

PUBLISHED: 11:52 07 November 2010

Managing director Angela Harkness with one of the death's head moth which can be seen in Butterfly World.

Managing director Angela Harkness with one of the death's head moth which can be seen in Butterfly World.


WITH Halloween fast approaching during half term holiday week, children were particularly fascinated by a moth in the insect study centre at Butterfly World.

For the Death’s Head Hawk Moth is not only featured on the motif for the film Silence of the Lambs but it also has a skull and crossbones on its thorax.

The moth, a native species which develops from a four-inch long caterpillar found in many gardens, was one of a number on show in the insect study centre which opened at the Chiswell Green attraction this summer.

A spokesperson for Butterfly World said it had attracted hundreds of visitors daily in the last week of the season which was extended to take in the school half term holiday.

Butterfly World laid on numerous events for children including apple pressing, making pumpkin lanterns, a mask workshop and face painting as well as story-telling sessions

The only day which was disappointing was the family fun day on Sunday – Halloween itself – which was hit by the poor weather.

Although Butterfly World is now closed as a daily attraction, the café is remaining open and will be hosting a number of events.

A Christmas gift fair is being held from today until Sunday which has around 120 trade stands selling everything from handmade British crafts to gifts and festive food.

There will also be cookery demonstrations, a children’s make ‘n’ take area and beer and wine tasting.

On Sunday (7) there will be a fireworks and music extravaganza at Butterfly World from 5.30pm with tickets available by calling 01727 869203 or go to www.allaboutstalbans.com

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