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The Cockrell Butterfly Center is home to hundreds of species of insects & Plants!

Julia Butterfly

Julia Butterfly

These bright orange butterflies are one of the three species we raise on site.

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Aroids

Aroids

Familiar examples of aroids are the calla lily and our plant celebrity Lois!

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Giant Prickly Stick

Giant Prickly Stick

As nymphs, they often mimic ants as protection from their predators.

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Rice Paper Butterfly

Rice Paper Butterfly

It's slow, floppy flight makes this one of the showiest species in the Cockrell Butterfly Center.

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Blue & Brown Clipper

Blue & Brown Clipper

Native to Malaysia, these fast-flying butterflies perch with their wings open to bask in the sun.

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Gingers and Spiral Gingers

Gingers and Spiral Gingers

Gingers are famous for the fragrance of their flowers, leaves, stems, and even roots.

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Green Triangle Kite Butterfly

Green Triangle Kite Butterfly

Graphium agamemnon is a member of the swallowtail family, and is related to our native Zebra swallowtail.

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Whipscorpion

Whipscorpion

These are also called Vinegaroons due to their defense: spraying acetic acid, or vinegar.

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Thoas Swallowtail

Thoas Swallowtail

This is a large, strong butterfly that hovers, much like a hummingbird, when visiting flowers for nectar.

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Blue Wave Butterfly

Blue Wave Butterfly

Small but striking, the blue wave is named for the bands of iridescent blue across the upper wing surface.

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Pride of Trinidad

Pride of Trinidad

In the Butterfly Center, the showy flowering branches of this plant are often loaded with butterflies.

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Owl Butterfly

Owl Butterfly

Owl Butterflies are named for dramatic eyespots on the underside of the lower wing.

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Atlas Beetle

Atlas Beetle

These beetles from tropical Asia are often kept as pets. Their impressive horns are harmless to people.

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Prayer Plants and Heliconias

Prayer Plants and Heliconias

Heliconias are prized for their large colorful bracts, which attract hummingbirds.

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Blue Morpho

Blue Morpho

This butterfly does not visit flowers; instead it sips the fermenting juices from overripe fruit.

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Giant Long-Legged Katydid

Giant Long-Legged Katydid

This is the largest species of katydid in the world! They come from the forested mountain slopes of Malaysia.

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Bull Thorn Acacia

Bull Thorn Acacia

In return for cozy shelter and abundant food provided by this plant, ants fiercely defend their host.

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Longwing Butterfly

Longwing Butterfly

The longwing butterflies' slow, lazy, fluttering flight is designed to show off their bright colors.

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Bromeliads

Bromeliads

Several bromeliad species live inside in the Butterfly Center, including some of the terrestrial species.

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Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

This grasshopper is native to the United States and is commonly found right here in Houston.

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Atlas Moth

Atlas Moth

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

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Orchids

Orchids

Did you know that vanilla is made from the fermented seed pod of an orchid?

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Hissing Cockroaches

Hissing Cockroaches

The ability to hiss is a special adaptation to help protect them from predators.

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Antilles Pinktoe

Antilles Pinktoe

The name pinktoe was given to this genus because the pads of their feet are pink.

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Cacao, Chocolate Tree

Cacao, Chocolate Tree

The pods produced on this plant's trunk and branches can grow to be almost as large as footballs.

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Red Peacock Butterfly

Red Peacock Butterfly

This species is related to our native Buckeye Butterfly. It frequents the hottest, driest spots in the Center.

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Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

Praying mantises are a diverse group of carnivorous insects. They are found all over the world, especially in the tropics.

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Ironwood

Ironwood

Ironwood is also called Lignum Vitae, Latin for wood of life, because of its medicinal uses.

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