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Moths and Butterflies

Draw a butterfly. Build a butterfly. Learn about butterfly evolution, migration, and conservation. 

Along with moths, their less flashy cousins, these beautiful insects are admired, collected, and worshipped by cultures all over the world. Exquisitely sensitive to their environment, butterflies are also favored by scientists who study the effects of climate change.

Video Loggers Imperil Monarch Butterflies Satellites show severe deforestation in a rare monarch butterfly overwintering site. Educator Materials 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 t... Blog Post How Do Moths and Butterflies Survive a New York City Winter? They may seem as delicate as gossamer, but moths and butterflies routinely survive the cold, harsh weather of New York winter... February 7, 2013 Blog Post A Rare Beauty The world’s largest butterfly is now also one of the most endangered, surviving only on a tiny plot of coastal rain forest in... November 3, 2014 Article 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... Article The Prevalence of Ophryocystis elektroscirrha Infections in the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus): A Study of the Protozoan Parasite in a Wild Po... High in the eucalyptus trees in coastal southern California, a cluster of migrating monarch butterflies formed huddled masses... Article Night visitors: A Study of the Hourly Distribution of Moth Activity at a Light Station Long fascinated with phototropism in night-flying insects, this young naturalist hypothesized that moths would be active in g... Video Fire Ants Raise Brazilian Butterflies Fire ants play a care-giving role for butterfly larvae. Video Building a Butterfly for Coyote Diorama Collection specimens used in making true model. Article Butterfly Buffet: The Feeding Preferences of Painted Ladies Can you imagine a world without butterflies? Although butterflies are insects, most people think they are beautiful, peaceful... Blog Post Moths at Large at the Museum By far the largest and oldest group in the order Lepidoptera, moths are usually overshadowed by their flashier cousins, the b... February 27, 2013 Blog Post Happy National Moth Week! It’s National Moth Week, an ideal time to observe and celebrate these remarkable, mainly nocturnal, butterfly cousins. Before... July 23, 2013 Special Exhibition The Butterfly Conservatory Lush green plants and more than 500 free-flying tropical butterflies of every color fill the room. October 6, 2018 — May 27, 2019