Butterflies up close

Ms Raquel Dela Cruz, 28, an operations supervisor, explaining to visitors how butterflies emerge from their chrysalises at the Carnival of Butterflies aviary. Pictured is a tree nymph with a row of chrysalises. Visitors to HarbourFront Centre will be
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Ms Raquel Dela Cruz, 28, an operations supervisor, explaining to visitors how butterflies emerge from their chrysalises at the Carnival of Butterflies aviary. Pictured is a tree nymph with a row of chrysalises. Visitors to HarbourFront Centre will be able to get up close with hundreds of butterflies in an indoor aviary set up for the festive season. Five species will be released in their new home, the size of two four-room HDB flats, including Singapore's little-known national butterfly, the common rose. Also lending its colour is the green-banded peacock, a visitor from Philippines brought in just for the display, which starts on Monday and runs until Feb 25. The other three species visitors may see fluttering about are the paper kite, scarlet mormon and swift peacock.

Adult butterflies were placed in the aviary last week to breed and have been joined by other creepy-crawlies in the form of stick insects, great beetles and leaf insects. A curator will conduct 30-to 45-minute sessions about the species on display and visitors can also join workshops to make preserved butterfly wing bookmarks and other crafts. The event is organised by Sentosa's Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom and HarbourFront Centre as part of Chinese New Year celebrations. It will be open from 10am to 10pm at HarbourFront Centre's North Atrium on Level 1. Tickets cost $10 each.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 20, 2018, with the headline 'Butterflies up close'. Print Edition | Subscribe