Nothing symbolises Great British nature and the oncoming summer months quite like the butterfly - and right here in the Midlands and Shropshire we have many attractions that allow you to get up close and personal with the delicate winged creature...
And with Butterfly Education and Awareness Day coming up on June 4, what better way to interact with the gentle insect
Stratford Butterfly Farm - Stratford-Upon-Avon
Stratford Butterfly Farm is the UK's largest butterfly farm and they offer a wide array of not only butterflies, but tropical insects, lizards and birds in a beautiful environment littered with serene ponds and cascading, colourful greenery.
As well as a jaw-dropping flying area where butterflies will swoop around your head and feed in-front of your very eyes, you can also watch them evolve in the farm's very own Caterpillar Room - or be amazed in Insect City which homes one of the UK's largest insect collections.
Tickets are priced at £6.25 for adults, £5.75 for for seniors and students, and £5.25 for children with group and family tickets available.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens - Edgbaston, Birmingham
The Glasshouses at Birmingham Botanical Gardens are home to a large selection of strange and exotic plants that can't be found anywhere else in the UK, but most impressive is their butterfly house.
The house features some of the most colourful butterflies from the Phillipines, central America and Africa. Each week 100 new pupae are released into the emerging case for you to watch them flourish into butterflies and begin their lives.
Tickets are priced at £7 for adults, children under five go in for free with group and concession tickets available.
Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo - Ross-On-Wye, Herefordshire
Within Wye Valley Visitors Centre you can visit the indoor Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo that is teeming with tropical butterflies and caterpillars.
You can study butterflies at all stages on their life both inside the zoo and outside in Wye Valley following the information you can find at the Butterfly Zoo.
The zoo not only showcases butterflies but also actively takes part in butterfly conservation through trading worldwide to devalue collected specimens and heated the enclosure purely with renewable energy.
Tickets for adults begin from £4.25, £2.75 for children and £3.25 concessions.
Ewyas Harold Meadows - Herefordshire
In like with Butterfly Conservation group, Ewyas Harold Meadows is hailed as a wild flower meadow key to supporting the population of threatened regional butterflies.
The area is home to the Grizzled Skipper and Common Blue that come to the meadow to breed, amongst others that are attracted by important nectar supplies and regularly maintained habitats.
The meadow is also home to beautiful and notable plants such as the Bee Orchid and Dyer's Greenweed
Press Heath Common - Whitchurch Rural, Shropshire
Press Heath Common provides the last sanctuary for the Silver-Studded Blue butterfly in the Midlands. The common used to be a World War II airfield that underwent a major restoration project that now sees the area covered in heathland and grassland vegetation.
Here you can spot beautiful butterflies such as the Gatekeeper, Brimstone, Purple Hairstreak, Peacock butterfly and other critters like foxes, rabbits, polecats, stoats weasels, common lizards and skylarks.
Butterfly Journey - Chester Zoo
Butterfly Journey is the UKs largest zoo-based butterfly house with a collection of moths and butterflies alike for you to get up-close and personal with.
The large tropical house homes more than 30 different species from across the globe including Blue Morphos, Giant Owls, Glasswings, Swallowtails and the gigantic Atlas Moth.
You can also visit the Puparium and watch butterflies emerge from their chrysalis and learn how the house not only protects the wild populations of butterflies in their native forests but provides an invaluable source of environmentally sustainable income for rural communities in these countries.
Entrance into Chest Zoo starts from £20 for adults and £16.36 for children.
Butterfly Forest - Twycross Zoo, Warwickshire
This Tropical Butterfly Forest exhibit allows you to study the life-cycle of the butterfly from start to finish in great detail in an exhibit designed by Twycross Zoo's own staff.
You can follow the winding path around the exhibit that cares for butterflies both new and old and interact with free-flying butterflies from across the world as well as a wide array of other invertebrates.
Entrance into the zoo is priced at £18.95 for adults and £13.95 for children with concession and group tickets available.
By Becci Stanley