Give your senses a flutter at butterfly exhibition

The Science Centre hopes visitors to its butterfly sanctuary will be enchanted by the aerial dynamics of more than 500 of the fragile beauties.
The Science Centre hopes visitors to its butterfly sanctuary will be enchanted by the aerial dynamics of more than 500 of the fragile beauties.ST PHOTO: MARCUS TAN

Visitors to Science Centre Singapore (SCS) will be able to experience butterflies landing on their hands when a new exhibition opens on Saturday.

There will be more than 500 live butterflies at the new exhibition, called Butterflies Up-Close, a collaboration between SCS and Sentosa's Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom.

More than 15 butterfly species, imported from countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia, will be housed in a humidity- and temperature-controlled space.

Visitors will also see a rare species - the common birdwing butterfly - which is among the largest butterflies in Asia.

Mr Chiang Sing Jeong, managing director of Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom, yesterday said tropical butterflies which can thrive in temperatures of about 28 to 29 deg C were chosen for the exhibit.

SCS advised visitors not to pick up the delicate creatures on their own as it may harm them. Those who want to hold them can seek the help of assistants at the exhibition.

Other highlights include a "Research Pod" where visitors can observe specimens under microscopes and learn about their anatomy. They will also be able to learn about the winged creatures' metamorphosis - the process they undergo from egg to adulthood.

Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, chief executive of SCS, hopes the exhibition will help foster a love for nature among the young. Many have the wrong attitude towards insects, he said.

"We hope the attraction will foster a deeper appreciation of the often misunderstood invertebrate communities and create a greater awareness for such species which share the same planet as us."

He added that the butterfly sanctuary provides a good option for people who want to experience nature in an indoor environment.

Tickets to Butterflies Up-Close are priced at $10, excluding admission to the SCS.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 27, 2016, with the headline 'Give your senses a flutter at butterfly exhibition'. Print Edition | Subscribe