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For Educators

The Butterfly Conservatory is made up of a vivarium and a long hallway with information, photos and butterfly specimens. This comprehensive guide will help you explore the exhibition with your students.

Educators Guide and Materials



More Resources For Educators

Use these free online resources before or after your visit to further explore themes presented in the Butterfly Conservatory exhibition.

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Staff Profile

Animal Keeper (Science World)

Live animals add an element of surprise to Museum displays. But they need more than a cute face or bright colors to earn a spot in an exhibition hall. Find out what it takes.

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Staff Profile

Animal Keeper (SuperScience)

From blue butterflies and red frogs to a green iguana nicknamed "Iggy," meet the live animals in the Museum's exhibitions and the people who take care of them.

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Story

The Butterfly Kingdom

Taiwan may be a small island, but it's home to more kinds of butterflies than any almost other place in the world — about 400 species have been discovered by scientists. Find out why. 

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Hands-on Activity

Draw a Monarch

You don't have to be a terrific artist to create a scientific illustration of a monarch butterfly—just willing to take your time researching and re-creating what you find. Learn how.

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Metamorphosis

The butterfly begins life as an egg, emerges as a caterpillar, and then undergoes a complete change in body form during development--a dramatic metamorphosis.
The wormlike butterfly larva, or caterpillar, looks nothing like a winged adult.

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Hands-on Activity

Wear a Chimp on Your Wrist

How can you wear a chimp on your wrist—without getting primate elbow? The answer to this riddle is not as tough as it may seem. Need a hint? Take a closer look at genetic code.

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