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One Month to Butterfly Bliss

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Outside, you may see monarch butterflies fluttering among the slowly falling leaves—but, like many insects, they're winding down for the season and, in the case of the monarchs getting ready to make their more than 3,000-mile migration to Mexico. So pretty soon, we all may be needing a butterfly fix.

Just in time comes the return of the Museum's annual Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter, opening in just one month, on Saturday, October 12. 

Inside the Museum's plant-filled conservatory, you'll walk among up to 500 butterflies (and, sometimes, moths) from around the world. To give you a taste of the pleasures to come, here are a few photographs from the conservatory in years past, as well as some images of the types of butterflies and moths you might see.


Butterfly girl

Atlas Moth

Atlas Moth 

Nevit Dilmen, 2008 

Owl butterfly

The owl butterfly is one of the largest species in The Butterfly Conservatory.

Stuart Seeger

Paper kite butterfly



The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter opens Saturday, October 12, 2013. Buy tickets.

To learn more about NYC insect and invertebrate life-cycles, check out A Seasonal Guide to New York City Invertebrates, a free, downloadable book published by the Museum's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation.

The Butterfly Conservatory is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York ( 

Lord & Taylor is the proud sponsor of The Butterfly Conservatory.

Generous support for The Butterfly Conservatory has been provided by the Eileen P. Bernard Exhibition Fund.

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