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The unique architecture of the Papiliorama was designed to fulfil the needs of its inhabitants.
An amphitheater  40 metres in diameter and 14 metres at its maximum height offers ideal conditions for the growth of several dozen species of tropical trees and plants, among which more than 15 species of palms and many nectar plants. In this garden, more than 60 species of butterflies from all over the tropics can be found. At all times around a thousand butterflies flutter around in an enchanting and colourful ballet. As more than 10 species breed naturally in Papiliorama, visitors can observe the complete butterfly life cycle from egg to adult, going through caterpillars and pupae.

A ballet of approximately one and a half thousand butterflies fluttering happily through the garden offers a truly unique show. The approximately 60 species of all shapes and colours originate from the Philippines, Malaysia, Costa-Rica and Tanzania. They are easy to observe as they fly from flower to flower, looking for nectar. Several species of plants carry eggs, caterpillars and pupae. One of the highlights of the Papiliorama is the emerging cage, where butterflies emerge from their pupae, unfolding their wings soon thereafter. Birds in Papiliorama are represented by honeycreepers, painted quails, rails and different duck species. Many tropical fish species inhabit the various streams and ponds of Papiliorama.

The plant world of Papiliorama is represented by more than 120 species of tropical plants. Most species play an important role for butterflies, by providing nectar or food for caterpillars. Nectar plants include the Lantana (Lantana camara), the Milkweed (Asclepias currasavica) and the Star-Flower (Pentas lanceolata). The Milkweed is also the foodplant of the famous Monarch butterfly. The Papiliorama also encompasses a very nice collection of palm trees, with 16 species represented. They not only serve as dormitories for butterflies, they also provide shade, most welcome on hot summer days.