Butterflies

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Tropical Butterflies

  • Scarlet Mormon
    Scarlet Mormon
    Scarlet Mormon
  • Red Rim
    Red Rim
    Red Rim
  • Pink Rose
    Pink Rose
    Pink Rose
  • Paper Kite
    Paper Kite
    Paper Kite
  • Owl Butterfly
    Owl Butterfly
    Owl Butterfly
  • Orange-Banded Shoemaker
    Orange-Banded Shoemaker
    Orange-Banded Shoemaker
  • Mocker Swallowtail
    Mocker Swallowtail
    Mocker Swallowtail
  • Metallic Blue Wave
    Metallic Blue Wave
    Metallic Blue Wave
  • Malachite
    Malachite
    Malachite
  • Luna Moth
    Luna Moth
    Luna Moth
  • Lowii Swallowtail
    Lowii Swallowtail
    Lowii Swallowtail
  • Lacewing
    Lacewing
    Lacewing
  • Julia Longwing
    Julia Longwing
    Julia Longwing
  • Indian Dead Leaf
    Indian Dead Leaf
    Indian Dead Leaf
  • Green-veined Charaxes
    Green-veined Charaxes
  • Green Banded Peacock
    Green Banded Peacock
    Green Banded Peacock
  • Greater Eggfly
    Greater Eggfly
    Greater Eggfly
  • Great Mormon
    Great Mormon
    Great Mormon
  • Florida Atala
    Florida Atala
    Florida Atala
  • Flame Bordered Charaxes
    Flame Bordered Charaxes
    Flame Bordered Charaxes
  • Cracker
    Cracker
    Cracker
  • Common Postman
    Common Postman
    Common Postman
  • Common Green Birdwing
    Common Green Birdwing
    Common Green Birdwing
  • Clouded Sulfur
    Clouded Sulfur
    Clouded Sulfur
  • Clipper
    Clipper
    Clipper
  • Chocolate Pansy
    Chocolate Pansy
    Chocolate Pansy
  • Chloe's Cracker
    Chloe's Cracker
    Chloe's Cracker
  • Brutus Charaxes
    Brutus Charaxes
    Brutus Charaxes
  • Blue Morpho
    Blue Morpho
    Blue Morpho
  • Blue Glassy Tiger
    Blue Glassy Tiger
    Blue Glassy Tiger butterfly
  • Blue-Banded Morpho
    Blue-Banded Morpho
    Blue-Banded Morpho
  • African Moon Moth
    African Moon Moth
    African Moon Moth
  • African Blue-Banded Swallowtail
    African Blue-Banded Swallowtail
    African Blue-Banded Swallowtail
  • Atlas Moth
    Atlas Moth
    Atlas Moth
Scarlet Mormon
Scarlet Mormon

Common Name: Scarlet Mormon

Scientific Name: Papilo rumanzovia

Family: Papilionidae

Range: Southeast Asia

Fun Fact: These butterflies lack tails on their wings, unlike other members of this species.

Red Rim
Red Rim

Common Name: Red Rim

Scientific Name: Biblis hyperia

Family: Nymphalidae

Range: Central to South America

Fun Fact: This species walks on six legs and feeds on nectar and fruit.

Pink Rose
Pink Rose

Common Name: Pink Rose

Scientific Name: Pachliopta kotzebuea

Family: Papilionidae

Range: Philippines

Fun Fact: The species was named for Otto von Kotzebue, commander of the Russian expeditionary ship Rurik.

 

Paper Kite
Paper Kite

Common Name: Paper Kite

Scientific Name: Idea leuconoe

Family: Danaidae

Range: Asia

Fun Fact: Also known as the rice paper butterfly, this species has a slow gentle flight like paper floating in the air.

Owl Butterfly
Owl Butterfly

Common Name: Owl butterfly

Scientific Name: Caligo memnon

Family: Nymphalidae

Range: Rainforests and secondary forests of Mexico, Central, and South America

Fun Fact: Owl butterflies most often fly at dusk, when fewer predators are around.

Orange-Banded Shoemaker
Orange-Banded Shoemaker

Common Name: Orange banded shoemaker

Scientific Name: Catonephele orites

Family: Nymphalidae

Range: South America

Fun Fact: These butterflies exhibit sexual dimorphism, in which the males and females appear quite different from each other.

Mocker Swallowtail
Mocker Swallowtail

Common Name: Dardanus Swallowtail, Mocker Swallowtail

Scientific Name: Papilio dardanus

Family: Papilionidae

Range: Africa

Fun Fact: These butterflies are masters of Batesian mimicry and often mimic other distasteful species. They also exhibit a high level of sexual dimorphism, where the males and females look very different.

Metallic Blue Wave
Metallic Blue Wave

Common Name: Metallic Blue Wave

Scientific Name: Myscelia cyaniris

Family:  Nymphalidae

Range: Costa Rica

Fun Fact: The upper wings of this butterfly can appear black or metallic blue depending on how the light is shining.

Malachite
Malachite

Common Name: Malachite

Scientific Name: Siproeta stelenes

Family: Nymphalidae

Range: Florida west to Texas and south to South America

Fun Fact: Malachites feed on flowers and fruit, and use their coloration to blend into their habitat.

Luna Moth
Luna Moth

Common Name: Luna Moth

Scientific Name: Actias luna

Family: Saturniidae

Range: Eastern Canada through northern Mexico

Fun Fact: As with all Saturniidae, the adults do not eat or have mouths. They emerge as adults solely to mate, and as such, only live approximately one week.

 

Lowii Swallowtail
Lowii Swallowtail

Common Name: Lowii Swallowtail

Scientific Name: Papilio lowii

Family: Papilionidae

Range: Asia

Fun Fact: This species is highly polymorphic (many forms) and varies greatly in color 

Lacewing
Lacewing

Common Name: Lacewing

Scientific Name: Cethosa biblis

Family: Nymphalidae

Range: Southeast Asia

Fun Fact: The lacy pattern on the underside of the wings give this butterfly its name.

Julia Longwing
Julia Longwing

Common Name: Julia Longwing

Scientific Name: Dryas julia

Family: Heliconiidae

Range: Texas to South America

Fun Fact: Longwings participate in a fascinating behavior known as communal roosting. Roosting in butterflies occurs when a number of butterflies gather to rest for the night, typically on a single branch.

Indian Dead Leaf
Indian Dead Leaf

Common Name: Indian Dead Leaf

Scientific Name: Kallima inachus

Family: Nymphalidae

Range: Tropical Asia to India and Japan

Fun Fact: The Indian Dead Leaf butterfly disguises itself as a dead leaf for protection from predators.

Green-veined Charaxes

Common Name: Green-veined Charaxes

Scientific Name: Charaxes candiope

Family: Nymphalidae

Range: Africa

Fun Fact: The Green-veined Charaxes is named for its green veins and green-outlined forewings.

Green Banded Peacock
Green Banded Peacock

Common Name: Green Banded Peacock or Emerald Swallowtail

Scientific Name: Papilio palinurus

Family: Papilionidae

Range: South Asia including India and Sri Lanka

Fun Fact: The green banded peacock’s coloration is a structural color not a pigmented color. The structure of the scales on this butterfly give it the iridescent green color.

Greater Eggfly
Greater Eggfly

Common Name: Greater Eggfly

Scientific Name: Hypolimnas bolina

Family: Nymphalidae

Range: Asia to Australia

Fun Fact: In New Zealand they call this particular species Blue Moon Butterfly.

Great Mormon
Great Mormon

Common Name: Great Mormon

Scientific Name: Papilio memnon

Family: Papilionidae

Range: Southern Asia

Fun Fact: This species is polymorphic, meaning many forms; this is seen in the different colors in the species and the presence and absence of tails.

Florida Atala
Florida Atala

Common Name: Florida Atala or Coontie Hairstreak

Scientific Name: Eumaeus atala

Family: Lycaenidae

Range: Gulf Coast of Florida

Fun Fact: This species almost became extinct, but is now being reintroduced to the environment.

Flame Bordered Charaxes
Flame Bordered Charaxes

Common Name: Flame-bordered Charaxes

Scientific Name: Charaxes protoclea

Family: Nymphalidae

Range: Africa

Fun Fact: These butterflies feed on fermenting fruit, and are commonly found in the forests of Ghana.

Cracker
Cracker

Common Name: Cracker or Calico

Scientific Name: Hamadryas februa

Family: Nymphalidae

Range: South Texas to South America

Fun Fact: Crackers acquired their common name due to the unusual way that males produce a "cracking" sound as part of their territorial displays.

Common Postman
Common Postman

Common Name: Postman

Scientific Name: Heliconius erato

Family: Nymphalidae

Range: Central and South America

Fun Fact: Adult Postman butterflies feed on flower nectar and pollen, while their much pickier caterpillars feed only on the leaves of passion flowers.

Common Green Birdwing
Common Green Birdwing

Common Name: Common Green Birdwing

Scientific Name: Ornithoptera priamus

Family: Papilionidae

Range: Australia

Fun Fact: The common green birdwing is the largest butterfly found in Wings of the Tropics, where the female has a wingspan of up to 20cm.

Clouded Sulfur
Clouded Sulfur

Common Name: Clouded Sulfur

Scientific Name: Phoebis sennae 

Family: Pieridae

Range: United States to South America

Fun Fact: These butterflies drink flower nectar but get additional moisture from puddles of water, mud, and animal droppings.

Clipper
Clipper

Common Name: Clipper

Scientific Name: Parthenos sylvia

Family: Nymphalidae

Range: Asia

Fun Fact: Clipper butterflies protect themselves from predators by flying in erratic patterns.

Chocolate Pansy
Chocolate Pansy

Common Name: Chocolate Pansy

Scientific Name: Precis iphita

Family: Nymphalidae

Range: Asia

Fun Fact: This species often lays its eggs on the ground or on dry twigs near host plants rather than on them. The larvae find their way to the host plants after they hatch.

Chloe's Cracker
Chloe's Cracker

Common Name: Chloe’s Cracker

Scientific Name: Hamadryas chloe

Family: Nymphalidae

Range: South America

Fun Fact: Males are territorial and will use their wings to emit a "cracking" sound when approached by other males or potential predators.

Brutus Charaxes
Brutus Charaxes

Common Name: White Barred Charaxes

Scientific Name: Charaxes brutus

Family: Nymphalidae

Range: Africa

Fun Fact: The white barred Charaxes is one of the fastest butterflies in the world, sometimes reaching speeds of up to 40 mph.
 

Blue Morpho
Blue Morpho

Common Name: Blue Morpho

Scientific Name: Morpho peleides

Family: Morphidae

Range: South America

Fun Fact: The blue color on the Morpho's wings is not from pigmentation but is an example of iridescence: the fine scales covering the Morpho's wings reflect light at a wavelength that appears blue. The scale structure has been studied for anti-counterfeit applications in paper money and credit cards.

Blue Glassy Tiger
Blue Glassy Tiger butterfly

Common Name: Blue Glassy Tiger

Scientific Name: Danaus vulgaris

Family: Danaidae

Range: India and Southeast Asia

Fun Fact: At night, these butterflies roost in large numbers in trees by hanging onto small bare branches and twigs.

Blue-Banded Morpho
Blue-Banded Morpho

Common Name: Blue-Banded Morpho

Scientific Name: Morpho achilles

Family: Morphidae

Range: South America

Fun Fact: Male Morphos are very territorial and intimidate other males by flashing their bright blue wings. Males can see each other from great distances because their eyes are sensitive to UV light.

African Moon Moth
African Moon Moth

Common Name: African Moon Moth

Scientific Name: Argema mimosae

Family: Saturniidae

Range: Africa

Fun Fact: These moths emerge as adults without feeding mouth parts.

African Blue-Banded Swallowtail
African Blue-Banded Swallowtail

Common Name: African Blue-Banded Swallowtail

Scientific Name: Papilio nireus

Family: Papilionidae

Range: Africa

Fun Fact: Females of this species have wider bands of color than males, and the sexes have different patterns of white spots on the undersides of the wings.

Atlas Moth
Atlas Moth

Common Name: Atlas Moth

Scientific Name: Attacus atlas

Family: Saturniidae

Range: India and Asia

Fun Fact: Atlas moths can attain wingspans of up to 12 inches. Their silk cocoons are used to make coin purses in Taiwan.

Colorado Butterflies

  • Queen
    Queen
    Queen
  • Painted Lady
    Painted Lady
    Painted Lady
  • Monarch
    Monarch
    Monarch
  • Giant Swallowtail
    Giant Swallowtail
    Giant Swallowtail
  • Eastern Black Swallowtail
    Eastern Black Swallowtail
    Eastern Black Swallowtail
  • Common Buckeye
    Common Buckeye
    Common Buckeye
  • Cecropia Moth
    Cecropia Moth
    Cecropia Moth
Queen
Queen

Common Name: Queen

Scientific Name: Danaus gilippus

Family: Nymphalidae

Range: Southern US to Argentina

Fun Fact: Queen and Monarch butterflies are closely related; they can be distinguished by the Queen's smaller size and brown color.

Painted Lady
Painted Lady

Common Name: Painted Lady

Scientific Name: Vanessa carduii

Family: Nymphalidae

Range: All continents except Australia and Antarctica

Fun Fact: The Painted Lady is the most widely distributed butterfly in the world.

Monarch
Monarch

Common Name: Monarch

Scientific Name: Danaus plexippus

Family: Danaidae

Range: North America, Central America, and most of South America. Also present in Australia, Hawaii, and other Pacific Islands.

Fun Fact: Each fall and through the winter, adults migrate thousands of miles south along the California coast and into central Mexico. Thousands to millions of Monarchs come to the same sites every year and often roost in the same trees used by their relatives in previous years.

Giant Swallowtail
Giant Swallowtail

Common Name: Giant Swallowtail

Scientific Name: Heraclides cresphontes

Family: Papiliondae

Range: Southern US to South America

Fun Fact: The giant swallowtail is the largest butterfly in the United States, with wingspans reaching 6 inches. When disturbed, the caterpillar extends its osmeterium, a bright red, forked gland which emits a foul-smelling liquid.

Eastern Black Swallowtail
Eastern Black Swallowtail

Common Name: Eastern Black Swallowtail

Scientific Name: Papilio polyxenes

Family: Papilionidae

Range: Canada to Mexico

Fun Fact: The caterpillars of this species display an orange, forked gland when disturbed. This gland releases a stinky smell, which may help to protect the caterpillar from predators. 

Common Buckeye
Common Buckeye

Common Name: Common Buckeye

Scientific Name: Junonia coenia

Family: Nymphalidae

Range: Canada to Mexico

Fun Fact: The wing markings of this diminutive butterfly resemble eyes, which may startle potential predators.

Cecropia Moth
Cecropia Moth

Common Name: Cecropia Moth

Scientific Name: Hyalophora cecropia

Family: Saturniidae

Range: United States and Canada

Fun Fact: Cecropia moths are North America's largest moth, with a wingspan of up to six inches.

Butterfly Pavilion hosts 1,600 butterflies in our Wings of the Tropics exhibit, an indoor tropical rainforest environment. You can visit Butterfly Pavilion and our butterflies seven days a week, every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Click here to find out more about our hours and to get directions from Boulder or Denver or just about anywhere else in Colorado and beyond.

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