The year before, the entire exhibition had to be due to the coronavirus pandemic renounced. Last year, it took place on an alternate date, but with an emphasis on government restrictions. Only this year, the exhibition, which according to the director of the Botanical Garden m of Prague in Troja Bohumil Černý one of the the most popular garden events, returns in full force. “She comes to the event every year tens of thousands of visitorsthe busiest times are traditionally the weekends, “Černý explained.
Giant and dwarf
Which is worth focusing on? We asked Eva Smržová, who is forever the curator of the exhibition with butterflies. “She is currently represented at the exhibition about 40 speciesand should hatch during the exhibition approximately 5,500 butterflies from the tropics and subtropics, “She revealed. In all cases, these will be “foreign” butterflies that do not occur in Czech nature.
“It will be possible to see several species of Swallowtails, which excel in their beautiful wing shape and brightly colored colors. Traditionally, butterflies of the Morpho family will be on display, many small Baboček but also so-called owl butterflies, “the curator explained. “They are called owl butterflies because they have a drawing of an owl’s eye on the underside of their wingswhich seeks to intimidate the enemy from becoming the food of larger predators. “
Furthermore, they can be caught among other butterflies, for example poisonous or night. With a wingspan of up to 25 centimeters, the highlight of the exhibition will be the night butterfly Martin Attacus atlas, which is the largest at the exhibition. “But I was personally delighted by the tiny butterfly Aeria eurimedia. He is very handsome, yellow-brown with a fine drawing and a colored body. But it’s a really tiny butterfly that easily escapes human sight. Its span is about an inch and a half. “
Specimens as food
In the past, butterfly pupae from a farm in England were aimed at the exhibition. This year they traveled to Prague from the Netherlands. “We never know in advance what balaclavas come to usso it usually is for us surprise,” smiling curator. He will visit another greenhouse like caterpillars that are just pupae. But such ones are said to be more difficult to acquire.
“Caterpillars are great voracious and they need a considerable amount of food, ”the curator shrugs. “If they find suitable food among the plants in the greenhouse, they can quite rotate with them. Next, give them plants that they could eatBut they’re not exactly twice picky, so be it they bite into what they have at hand,” Laughs.
He also makes a living from painting
It will not be just “living” specimens that you can see at the exhibition. The Botanical Garden used the cooperation with the City Gallery. m of Prague and had the entrance area to the greenhouse decorated with thematic ones pictures AND pictures butterflies. “These are smaller art objects with which we had the entrance hall decorated. There are a few dozen, “ said Black. In the back wing of the greenhouse there are butterflies made of ceramics created by Prague children.
The exhibition is accompanied by panels that inform about butterfly life and its specifics. For example, that the taste buds have butterflies on their feet. The texts then supplement i microscopic photography. Of interest, as in previous years, is the ability to monitor the development of butterflies from caterpillars to adultsas visitors will also see showcases with butterfly larvae, which will hatch during the exhibition.
Flowering after covid
“I am glad that the botanical garden is flourishing again after difficult years. It’s about Prague shop window,” welcomes Deputy Mayor Petr Hlubuček (STAN). “It is necessary to make yourself happy in those difficult and difficult times, and such a joy, especially now in the spring, can be just a visit to the Botanical Garden, which has not only a beautiful garden, but also interesting events. Personally, I’m especially looking forward to the bigger butterflies since I’ve been wearing close glasses for two years now, so I can’t see the little butterflies very much“He concluded with a laugh.
where: Greenhouse Fata Morgana – Botanická zahrada Praha, Trojská 800/196 – Praha Troja.
When: Until May 22, open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 19:00.
Admission: Adults CZK 150, children and students CZK 100, seniors and disabled CZK 75.
Exhibition of exotic butterflies in the Botanical Garden in Troy. (April 2022) David Winter
The garden exhibition was opened (from left) by director Bohumil Černý, deputy mayor Petr Hlubuček and director of Galerie hl. m Magdalena Juříková.
Author: Tonda Tran