A WHOLE host of mini beasts are making an extra creepy crawly appearance at Stratford Butterfly Farm this half-term.
Spiders, poison dark frogs, leeches, acoloti and snakes are all joining the Halloween line-up from October 22 to 30.
And there will be some brand new additions to the Butterfly Farm’s Minibeast Metropolis in time for the spooking season including the Giant Flower Beetle and two types of stick insect – the Australian Prickly Stick Insect and Goliath Stick Insect.
The Giant Flower Beetle is native to the tropical regions of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Like many beetles, they spend most of their time in the soil as grubs eating rotting leaves and fruits.
The Goliath Stick Insect is native to Western Australia and Tasmania and likes to eat Eucalyptus leaves and Acacia trees. They can grow to be 25cm long and if threatened, they will deter predators by revealing their bright pink underwings.
The Giant Prickly Stick Insect comes from Eastern Australia and feeds on eucalyptus in the wild but is happy to eat bramble in the UK. When threatened they curl their abdomen to mimic a Scorpion but are completely harmless.
On October 29 and 30, visitors are encouraged to join the team for some Halloween fun and dress up as their favourite Halloween character.
Jane Kendrick, marketing manager at Stratford Butterfly Farm, said: “During half term we will have several creepy crawlies on display which vary in size and colour but are safely behind glass. We would love as many children as possible to come dressed up to celebrate Halloween and the spookier the costume the better.”
Visit www.butterflyfarm.co.uk for full details.