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FAMILIES are being urged to get down to Cumberland House Natural History Museum, Southsea, to watch a variety of butterflies emerge from their cocoons.

The butterflies fly from May to September in the museum’s butterfly house – kept at a high temperature to support the exotic butterflies and tropical plants – and they are starting to emerge now.

A variety of species can be spotted and visitors can also see their cocoons.

The museum also tells the story of local wildlife at the riverbanks, marshes, woods and towns of the Portsmouth area.

Dr Jane Mee, from the museum, said: ‘Cumberland House is a great way of bringing The Very Hungry Caterpillar story to life.’

It is open daily from 10am to 5.30pm, and entry is free.