Lepidoptera

A male Miami blue butterfly. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Jaret Daniels

Grants help Miami blue butterfly conservation efforts

One of the most critically endangered butterflies in the U.S. is getting a little more help. In November 2016, Florida Museum researchers collected about 100 Miami blue eggs and larvae to continue the captive breeding program. Florida Museum of N...
Great leopard moth

Leopard Moth, Lepidoptera Photo

The Giant or Great Leopard Moth, Hypercompe scribonia, has very distinct coloring, from its bright white wings with dark spots or rings, to its large abdomen wh...
Blue morpho wing

Morpho peleides, Lepidoptera Photo

Blue morpho (Morpho helenor peleides, or sometimes just Morpho peleides) are native to tropical Central and South America, and are very popular in our Butterfly Rainforest. The iridescent blue dorsal (top) sides of their wings are eye-catching. The c...
Red-spotted purple

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly

Red-spotted purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax) is a North American brush-footed butterfly with a wingspan of up to 3.5 inches. The upper sides of the wings ar...
African Swallowtail

Papilio dardanus, Lepidoptera Collection Photo

Papilio dardanus has the common name of the Flying Handkerchief, but more frequently is referred to as the African Swallowtail as it lives on a great deal of the African continent. The males are pale yellow with black margins, or brown on the unde...