Guide to Tropical Butterflies & Moths

HAVE A BUTTERFLY QUESTION?

    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 Attacus atlas [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Blue Morpho Morpho peleides (dorsal) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Owl Butterfly Caligo sp. (dorsal) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Monarch Danaus plexippus [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Blue Morpho Morpho peleides(ventral) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Owl Butterfly Caligo sp. (ventral) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Plain Tiger Danaus chrysippus [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Clipper Parthenos sylvia (brown) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Great Eggfly Hypolimnas bolina (male) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Golden Birdwing Troides rhadamantus [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Clipper Parthenos sylvia (blue form) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Great Eggfly Hypolimnas bolina (female) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Common Mime Chilasa clytia [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Rice Paper Idea leuconoe [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Wood Nymph Ideopsis juventa [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Velvet(Pink) Rose Atrophaneura kotzebuea [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Emerald Swallowtail Papilio palinurus [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Tailed Jay Graphium agamemnon [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Common Mormon Papilio polytes (male) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Asian Swallowtail Papilio lowi [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Rumanzovia Swallowtail Papilio rumanzovia (male) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Common Mormon Papilio polytes (female) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Banded Mormon Papilio hipponous [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Rumanzovia Swallowtail Papilio rumanzovia (female) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Tiger Longwing Heliconius hecale [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Silver-Spotted Flambeau Dione juno (dorsal) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae (dorsal) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Tarricina Tithorea tarricina [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Silver-Spotted Flambeau Dione juno (ventral) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae (ventral) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Isabella Eueides isabella [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Banded Orange Dryadula phaetusa [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Ismenius Tiger Heliconius Ismenius [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Hewitson’s Longwing Heliconius hewitsoni [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Julia Dryas iulia [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Zebra Longwing Heliconius charitonia [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Blue & White Heliconius cydno [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Doris Heliconius doris (blue form) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Small Postman Heliconius erato [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Sapho Longwing Heliconius sapho [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Doris Heliconius doris (red form) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Postman Heliconius melpomene [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Sara Heliconius sara [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Doris Heliconius doris (green form) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Bamboo Page Philaethria dido [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Autumn Leaf Doleschallia bisaltide (dorsal) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Red Lacewing Cethosia biblis (dorsal) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Malachite Siproeta stelenes [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Autumn Leaf Doleschallia bisaltide [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Red Lacewing Cethosia biblis (ventral) [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Rothschild Moth Rothschildia sp. [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Cattleheart Parides sp. [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Rusty-tipped Page Siproeta epaphus[end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Banded Owl Caligo atreus [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Cracker Hamadryus sp. [end-div] [div class=”bug-box”]

    Lime Swallowtail Papilio demoleus [end-div]