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Butterfly Haven

Open in July

Butterfly Haven

Opens July 30 – September 25

Guests will experience the beauty of the seasonal BUTTERFLY HAVEN, a 14′ wide x 10′ tall x 14′ long butterfly enclosure located alongside the Virginia Garden just outside the Wason Education Center.

The exciting new exhibit will engage guests of all ages as they immerse themselves in a world of butterflies and plants!

The house will support the Museum’s conservation efforts to preserve pollinating species such as the Monarch Butterfly. The initiative also supports education and awareness for the challenged annual Monarch butterfly migration due to deforestation in Mexico, extreme climate fluctuations in North America, and the growth of herbicide-based agriculture destroying crucial milkweed flora in the Midwest.

Cost: included in museum admission

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Butterfly list

GROUP SPECIES COMMON NAME
Swallowtails Papilio polyxenes Black swallowtail
P. glaucus E. Tiger swallowtail
P. troilus Spicebush swallowtail
Battus philenor Pipevine swallowtail
P. cresphontes Giant swallowtail
Eurytides marcellus Zebra swallowtail
Brush-Footed Variegated fritillary Euptoeita claudia
Gulf frit Agraulis vanillae
Red-spotted purple Limentis arthemis
Red admiral Vanessa atalanta
Painted lady V. cardui
Common buckeye Junonia coenia
Zebra heliconian Heliconius charithonia
Monarch Danaus plexippus
Sulphurs and Whites Cabbage white Pieris papae
Great southern white Ascia monuste
Clouded sulphur Colias philodice
Cloudless sulphur Phoebis sennae
Skippers Silver-spotted skipper Epargyreus clarus
Long-tailed skipper Urbanus proteus
Silkmoths Luna Actias luna
Polyphemus Antheraea polyphemus

Plant List

SPECIES COMMON NAME HOST PLANT FOR…
Aristolochia macrophylla Pipevines Pipevine swallowtail
Aristolochia serpintaria Virginia snakeroot Pipevine swallowtail
Asimina triloba Pawpaws Zebra swallowtail
Zizia aurea Golden alexander Black swallowtail
Zanthoxylum americanum Prickly ash Giant swallowtail
Liriodendron tulipifera Tulip tree Eastern tiger swallowtail
Sassafras albidium Sassafras Spicebush swallowtail
Lindera benzoin Spicebush Spicabush swallowtail
Passiflora Passion-vine Fritillaries
Plantago spp Plantain Common buckeye
Asclepias spp Milkweed species Monarchs