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The Butterfly Conservatory reopens at AMNH (slide show)

Return to the warmth of summer with a visit to this tropical exhibition at AMNH, filled with live butterflies that feed, flap their wings and even land on visitors.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

Photograph: Filip Wolak

The Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH


It's not every day that kids can enter into an environment that belongs to other species, but that's just what awaits them at the American Museum of Natural History's annual "Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter." The show, which opens on Saturday, October 12, is an enclosed, rain forest–like environment filled with more than 500 live tropical butterflies—including such striking species as iridescent blue morpho butterflies, bright red swallowtails, green birdwings and the relatively enormous owl butterflies—amid a landscape of lush vegetation. Kids can learn about the butterfly life cycle, study live chrysalises (from which the butterflies emerge) in a case, and watch the delicate creatures feed on the likes of orange segments. But best of all, they'll be surrounded by the wonders of another world—and may even have the privilege of being landed upon by one of the flying beauties. Click through our slide show, above, for a sneak peek.

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"The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter" is on view at the American Museum of Natural History through May 26, 2014.


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