The Passenger Pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius, was once so abundant that migrating flocks passing overhead could darken the sky for several days.
Learn more about a curare pot, on display in the special exhibition The Power of Poison, now open at the Museum.
Among the Museum library’s rare books is a Chinese silk-covered album containing over 100 beautiful hand-painted butterflies on a dozen plates produced sometime between 1830 and 1871.
Mimicry is common in nature, allowing an animal or insect to sneak in closer to prey or to dupe and deflect predators by taking on a more dangerous species’ characteristics. A fascinating example of the latter can be seen in the robber fly Wyliea mydas, which mimics lethal tarantula hawks.