The Magic of Life Butterfly House is an all-weather Butterfly zoo visitor attraction near Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. Visitors can walk among free-flying butterflies in a luxuriant tropical environment. The centre is located in the scenic Rheidol Valley in Mid Wales.
The centre exhibits over 30 species of tropical butterfly at any one time and up to 80 species over the opening season (March to October). The main genera which can be seen are Swallowtails (Papilio spp), Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides), Owls (Caligo spp.), Longwings (Heliconius spp.) and various species of Monarch butterflies (Danainae). The butterflies are imported as pupae which are farmed in countries such as the Philippines, Costa Rica and Tanzania. The imported butterflies are supplemented by an in situ breeding program that helps sustain numbers in the latter part of the season.
The Menelaus Blue Morpho (Morpho menelaus) is an iridescent tropical butterfly of Central and South America. It has a wing span of 15 cm (5.9 in). The adult drinks juice from rotten fruit with its long proboscis, which is like a sucking tube. The adult males have brighter colours than the females.
Morpho menelaus is a very large butterfly, with a wingspan of approximately 138 mm.The forewing is concave at the outer edge. The upperside of wings are metallic blue.The underside is brown with a line of large ocelli at the base of the postdiscal area.