This exhibition inaugurates the new Galerie du Comptoir Général and presents butterflies and insects from unique collections, long left out of sight of the general public. Presented in the setting of a troglodyte gallery, they fit discreetly into the decor of the place and the natural materials of a vast organic house.
In the wondrous and mysterious world of insects, everyone thinks they know about butterflies, yet how many of us know that there are over 200,000 different species spread across the four main continents (Eurasia, Africa, America and Oceania) . Only the Antarctic continent, which is too cold and without plant cover, does not host any. Butterflies need plants and flowers to feed themselves either in the adult state or in the caterpillar state (their larvae), as well as to reproduce by attaching their chrysalises or cocoons to them.
They are best known to the general public, such as children, for their four large colored wings, which in fine weather, at least in our climates, make them flutter from flower to flower whose nectar they gather, thus participating like bees in plant pollination.