The Butterfly Rainforest will be closed due to weather Jan 17-18. Behind-the-scenes tours available on Thursday. More Info

Discover life on earth at the Florida Museum with this collection of images, audio, video, apps, ID guides, and live cams. Also explore some of our research and collections resources.

  • 3D Augmented Reality Butterfly Cards Highlighting common and rare Florida butterflies, this set of cards features augmented reality bringing each species to life. Download the free Libraries of Life app from any mobile device to view additional content.
  • Butterfly Brochures Download colorful brochures covering flowering plants, wildflowers, native insect pollinators, butterflies, larvae, host plants and more.
  • Butterflies & Moths Image Gallery Collection of butterfly, moth and caterpillar images from around the world.
  • Butterfly Rainforest Exhibit Identification Guide This guide, organized by color, contains photographs of the more than 150 Lepidoptera species displayed in the Florida Museum’s Butterfly Rainforest exhibit since it opened in 2004.
  • Florida’s Wildflowers & Butterflies Information about the 50 most common native wildflowers and butterflies in Florida.
  • Frequently Asked Questions These are the most frequently asked questions about butterflies and moths – we’ve got your butterfly basics covered!
  • Butterfly Rainforest Live Critter Cams Choose Canopy Cam or Chrysalis Cam to watch our butterflies live.
  • Moths of North Central Florida Reference images from a survey of moth fauna of Paynes Prairie outside of Gainesville, Florida.
  • Wings Over Florida A free bird and butterfly listing recognition program that rewards people for their Florida life list and big year list achievements.

What Does It Mean?

Genetics: the science of genes, heredity, and variation in living organisms.

Systematics: the study of relationships among living things through time.

Molecular Systematics: the analysis of hereditary molecular differences, mainly in DNA sequences, to gain information on an organism’s evolutionary relationships.

  • Genetic Resources Repository Virtual Tour See how the Museum’s genetic specimens are stored in a liquid nitrogen freezer and learn how plant and animal tissues are prepared for this special collection.
  • Cowrie Genetic Database Project This project has been established to rigorously examine the phylogenetic relationships within this diverse group of marine snails using a variety of DNA molecular markers.

  • Florida Museum Science News and articles about Florida Museum natural science research. From collecting expeditions to new discoveries by Museum researchers, Science covers a range of topics for aspiring scientists and curious spectators.
  • Florida Museum’s YouTube Channel Watch videos about museum research, events and programs, exhibits and more.
  • Florida Program for Shark Research The FPSR is involved in many areas of shark research, including shark biology, ecology, and behavior. In addition, the FPSR monitors shark attacks through the International Shark Attack File and promotes shark conservation and educational outreach through such programs as Project Shark Awareness.
  • Research on Freshwater Fishes Find out more about the findings from several active research teams studying invertebrates around the world.
  • Herbarium Research Projects Herbarium staff and students participate in diverse projects spanning traditional morphological plant systematics, floristics, plant anatomy, molecular analysis and pollination ecology.
  • Invertebrate Zoology Research Find out more about the findings from several active research teams studying invertebrates around the world.
  • South Florida Aquatic Environments Learn about three imperiled south Florida ecosystems – the Everglades, Florida Bay, and Florida Keys – along with the role of museum collections in providing a historical taxonomic and distribution database.
  • Museum Voices Blogs Delve into blogs from many areas of the museum, from the Spineless Science marine invertebrates blog to the Monbrook Fossil Dig news blog.

Biodiversity News from the Florida Museum

Sep 1, 2017


What is oVert? oVert, short for openVertebrate, is a new initiative to provide free, digital 3-D vertebrate anatomy models and data to researchers, educators,...

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