2: Puppa house

When the glass door closes behind you, you will find yourself in front of a jungle of fragrant, tropical plants, palm trees and banana trees. But don’t worry, you won’t get lost in the butterfly house, which is around 25°C warm. First, go to our “doll house” on the right, which is what we call the glass display case in which we protect the dolls from which the butterflies hatch. Some of them look like pieces of wood or leaves, others shine like gold. Something very mysterious happens in these structures: metamorphosis, that’s what the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly is called. Maybe you’ll be lucky and a butterfly will hatch while you watch. This usually happens in the early hours of the morning. The pupa breaks open and the butterfly slowly climbs out. After this strenuous birth, he pumps “blood” into his wings, which lie crumpled against his body. Slowly the wet wings spread until they are finally unfolded to their full size. Now the butterfly is allowed to recover from the exertion while its wings dry. Only then can he fly and we let him out of the glass box into the garden. Did you know that a tropical butterfly only lives for three to six weeks? That’s why we receive 200 to 400 pupae every week from butterfly breeders in tropical countries so that you can experience the fairy tale of 1001 butterflies with us every day. Kathrin is waiting for you in the next showcase, along with other small animals. That’s the name of one of our tarantulas. When the gardener Jürgen feeds her, she tiptoes lightly up his arm like a ballerina. Please don’t disturb Kathrin, the “funny noodle”, as Jürgen calls her, needs to be left alone!