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Hundreds of species of exotic butterflies and insects call the Butterfly Center home. Discover a few of them here!


Blue Morpho

The gorgeous iridescent blue of the Blue Morpho butterfly’s upper wing surface is not actually a color - it is…

Bull Thorn Acacia

Several plants in tropical forests form mutually beneficial partnerships with ants. These relationships are called symbioses or mutualisms. The most…

Praying Mantis

Praying mantises (or mantids, Order: Mantodea) are a diverse group of carnivorous insects. They are found all over the world,…


Pride of Trinidad

This is the national tree of Trinidad, Warszewiczia coccinea, and it is found throughout the Neotropics. In the Butterfly Center,…

Antilles Pinktoe

The Antilles pinktoe tarantula, Avicularia versicolor, is native to the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. These arboreal (tree-dwelling) spiders…

Giant Long-Legged Katydid

Giant katydids, Macrolyristes corporalis, may look a bit frightening, but they are very gentle! This is the largest species of…


Owl Butterfly

The Owl Butterflies, genus: Caligo, from the rainforests of Central and South America are named for the dramatic eyespots on…

Whipscorpion

These harmless arachnids, Mastigoproctus giganteus, get their name from the long, whip-like sensory organ that extends from the tip of…

Atlas Beetle

These very large beetles, Chalcosoma atlas, come from Tropical Asia, where they are often kept as pets. Males are usually…


Longwing Butterfly

The longwing butterflies, several species of Heliconius, are all brightly patterned in patches and stripes of yellow, red, orange, white,…

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

This large colorful grasshopper, Romalea guttata, is native to the Southeastern United States and may be found right here in…

Hissing Cockroaches

Hissing cockroaches, Gromphadorhina portentosa, are endemic to the island of Madagascar. This is the only place on earth that they…


Thoas Swallowtail

This swallowtail, Papilio thoas, is closely related to our native giant swallowtail, and the two species are almost impossible to…

Red Peacock Butterfly

In its native South America, this attractive little butterfly, Anartia amathea, is common in open, weedy areas. Here in the…

Orchids

The orchids make up a huge family of plants found throughout the world, but most species grow in tropical rainforests…


Atlas Moth

Once in a while we are fortunate to receive a shipment of these spectacular insects, the largest moths in the…

Cacao, Chocolate Tree

Some tropical plants produce flowers (and then fruits) from old woody tissue, such as the trunk and established branches, rather…

Julia Butterfly

A relative of the longwing butterflies, the Julia, Dryas iulia, also has elongated wings and a slow, fluttering flight. You…


Blue & Brown Clipper

This butterfly from southeast Asia, Parthenos sylvia, comes in two color forms:  the blue form, native to Malaysia, and the…

Gingers and Spiral Gingers

Gingers (family Zingiberaceae), are famous for the fragrance of their flowers, leaves, stems, and even roots. The spices ginger and…

Bromeliads

Bromeliads are another largely tropical plant family with a devoted following among horticulturists. You are probably familiar with two species…


Rice Paper Butterfly

This species, Idea leuconoe, from tropical southeast Asia, is a close cousin to our own familiar monarch butterfly.  Its distinctive…

Green Triangle Kite Butterfly

This dramatically colored, swift-flying butterfly, Graphium agamemnon, is not common in the Center, but its unusual iridescent green spots are…

Aroids

The Aracae, a family of large-leaved, tropical understory herbs,climbers and epiphytes, is the source of many common house plants, such…


Prayer Plants and Heliconias

Both prayer plants (marantas) and heliconias (parrot-flowers) are tropical understory herbs with very large leaves, related to bananas, gingers, bird-of-paradise,…

Giant Prickly Stick

As adults, these prickly, leafy looking walking sticks, Extatosoma tiaratum, look amazingly like a brown, dried-up leaf.  Females randonly drop…

Blue Wave Butterfly

The Blue Wave, Myscelia cyaniris, is named for the bands of iridescent blue across the upper wing surface. The underside…

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