THE annual live exhibition, Sensational Butterflies, opened last week at the Natural History Museum.

Visitors are invited into a specially built tropical butterfly house on the East Lawn to explore the remarkable life cycle of these fascinating and beautiful insects.

Bursting with hundreds of free-flying butterflies above and among the dense foliage of plants and flowers, Sensational Butterflies is a remarkable sight.

The greenhouse is home to more than 50 species from all over the world, including South Asia’s giant atlas moth, attacus atlas, and the popular blue morpho, from South America.

There is a butterfly trail and challenges to complete, staff are on hand to answer all your questions, and there is even a hatchery where visitors can see young butterflies emerging from their chrysalises.

What: Sensational Butterflies

Where: The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington

When: Until Sunday, September 15, 10am-5.30pm

Cost: Adults £4.50, family £16, members, patrons and under-fours free