Look inside "The Butterfly Conservatory" at AMNH (slide show)

American Museum of Natural History's annual exhibit lets you interact with more than 500 spectacular winged insects.

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  • 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

More than 500 live butterflies are currently inhabiting the American Museum of Natural History's tropical vivarium for "The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter." The annual installation—which includes species such as iridescent blue morpho butterflies, bright red swallowtails and green birdwings—is an excellent chance to check out the creatures up close in a naturalistic setting. Since the bugs have free roam of the space, it's not uncommon to find a butterfly using your shoulder as a temporary perch. The exhibit will be up through May 26.



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