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Guide to Tropical Butterflies & Moths

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At least 2000 free-flying tropical butterflies and moths are on exhibit at any given time in the tropical Conservatory. Our butterflies and moths originate in either Costa Rica or the Philippines. Most are sent to us weekly as pupae (also called chrysalides(butterflies) or cocoons(moths)) from butterfly farmers. Butterfly farming is a sustainable form of agriculture and ensures that natural populations of wild butterflies and moths are not depleted. At the Emergence Window, visitors can watch as butterflies emerge from their chrysalides, dry their wings and prepare for their very first flight into our Conservatory. Some butterfly species are reared onsite so that visitors can observe all four of the stages of metamorphosis: egg, caterpillar, pupa, and butterfly. Our population of butterflies and moths consists of approximately 40 different species. See below for more information on the butterflies and moths found at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, or visit our Facebook album Butterflies & Moths of the Conservatory!

 

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Atlas Moth
Atlas Moth
Attacus atlas
Blue Morpho
Blue Morpho
Morpho peleides (dorsal)
Owl Butterfly
Owl Butterfly
Caligo sp. (dorsal)
Monarch Butterfly
Monarch
Danaus plexippus
Blue Morpho
Blue Morpho
Morpho peleides(ventral)
Owl Butterfly
Owl Butterfly
Caligo sp. (ventral)
Plain Tiger Butterfly
Plain Tiger
Danaus chrysippus
Brown Clipper
Clipper
Parthenos sylvia (brown)
Great Eggfly
Great Eggfly
Hypolimnas bolina (male)
Golden Birdwing
Golden Birdwing
Troides rhadamantus
Blue Clipper
Clipper
Parthenos sylvia (blue form)
Great Eggfly
Great Eggfly
Hypolimnas bolina (female)
Common Mime
Common Mime
Chilasa clytia
Rice Paper
Rice Paper
Idea leuconoe
Wood Nymph
Wood Nymph
Ideopsis juventa
Velvet Rose
Velvet(Pink) Rose
Atrophaneura kotzebuea
Emerald Swallowtail
Emerald Swallowtail
Papilio palinurus
Tailed Jay
Tailed Jay
Graphium agamemnon
Common Mormon
Common Mormon
Papilio polytes (male)
Asian Swallowtail
Asian Swallowtail
Papilio lowi
Rumanzovia Swallowtail
Rumanzovia Swallowtail
Papilio rumanzovia (male)
Common Mormon
Common Mormon
Papilio polytes (female)
Banded Mormon
Banded Mormon
Papilio hipponous
Atlas Moth
Rumanzovia Swallowtail
Papilio rumanzovia (female)
Tiger Longwing
Tiger Longwing
Heliconius hecale
Silver-Spotted Flambeau
Silver-Spotted Flambeau
Dione juno (dorsal)
Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary
Agraulis vanillae (dorsal)
Tarricina
Tarricina
Tithorea tarricina
Silver-Spotted Flambeau
Silver-Spotted Flambeau
Dione juno (ventral)
Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary
Agraulis vanillae (ventral)
Isabella
Isabella
Eueides isabella
Banded Orange
Banded Orange
Dryadula phaetusa
Ismenius Tiger
Ismenius Tiger
Heliconius Ismenius
Hewitson's Longwing
Hewitson's Longwing
Heliconius hewitsoni
Julia
Julia
Dryas iulia
Zebra Longwing
Zebra Longwing
Heliconius charitonia
Blue & White
Blue & White
Heliconius cydno
Doris
Doris
Heliconius doris (blue form)
Small Postman
Small Postman
Heliconius erato
Sapho Longwing
Sapho Longwing
Heliconius sapho
Doris
Doris
Heliconius doris (red form)
Postman
Postman
Heliconius melpomene
Sara
Sara
Heliconius sara
Doris
Doris
Heliconius doris (green form)
Bamboo Page
Bamboo Page
Philaethria dido
Autumn Leaf
Autumn Leaf
Doleschallia bisaltide (dorsal)
Red Lacewing
Red Lacewing
Cethosia biblis (dorsal)
Malachite
Malachite
Siproeta stelenes
Autumn Leaf
Autumn Leaf
Doleschallia bisaltide
Red Lacewing
Red Lacewing
Cethosia biblis (ventral)
Great Orange Tip
Great Orange Tip
Hebomoia glaucippe