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  • 25 Butterflies and Moths Found in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven

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    Created: 4/24/2018      Updated: 4/24/2018

    Longwing butterfly

    From longwings to swallowtails, from pansies to owls, there are an incredible number of butterfly and moth species that can be found in our signature exhibit - the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. In 2017 alone, more than 100 species took flight in the Butterfly Haven. Although some butterflies are only around for a short period of time throughout the year, there are a number of species you're likely to find on any given Butterfly Haven visit. Below is a list of the top 25 most common species you can see in the Butterfly Haven.

    25 common species you can find in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven


    • Heliconius melpomene

      Common postman butterfly


    • Heliconius doris

      Doris longwing butterfly

    • Clipper butterfly

      Parthenos sylvia

      Clipper butterfly

    • Leopard lacewing

      Cethosia cyane

      Leopard lacewing butterfly

    • Morpho butterfly

      Morpho peleides

      Blue morpho butterfly

    • rusty-tipped page butterfly

      Siproeta epaphus

      Rusty-tipped page butterfly

    • Malay cruiser butterfly

      Vindula dejone

      Malay cruiser butterfly, Erichson's cruiser butterfly

    • Rice Paper butterfly

      Idea leuconoe

      Paper kite butterfly, rice paper butterfly

    • malachite butterfly

      Siproeta stelenes

      Malachite butterfly

    • Sara longwing butterfly

      Heliconius sara

      Sara longwing butterfly

    • By Hectonichus - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19155546

      Heliconius ismenius

      Ismenius tiger longwing butterfly

    • Tiger longwing butterfly

      Heliconius hecale

      Tiger longwing butterfly

    • Great eggfly butterfly

      Hypolimnas bolina

      Great eggfly butterfly, common eggfly butterfly

    • By D. Gordon E. Robertson - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11790895

      Catopsilia scylla

      Orange emigrant butterfly

    • By Alexey Yakovlev - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51597503

      Heliconius atthis

      False zebra longwing butterfly

    • Red rim butterfly

      Biblis hyperia

      Red rim butterfly

    • Cydno longwing butterfly

      Heliconius cydno

      Cydno longwing butterfly

    • king swallowtail butterfly

      Papilio thoas

      Thoas swallowtail butterfly, king swallowtail butterfly

    • Atlas moth

      Attacus atlas

      Atlas moth

    • By Anne Toal from US - Ruby-spotted swallowtail, ventral, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6507732

      Papilio anchisiades

      Ruby-spotted swallowtail butterfly

    • Common green birdwing butterfly

      Ornithoptera priamus

      Common green birdwing, Cairn’s birdwing

    • By Greg Hume - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=58499454

      Hypna clytemnestra

      Jazzy leafwing butterfly, marbled leafwing, silver studded leafwing

    • chocolate pansy butterfly

      Precis iphita

      Chocolate pansy butterfly

    • Giant owl butterfly

      Caligo memnon

      Giant owl butterfly

    • By Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE - Great Mormon (Papilio memnon), CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40738869

      Papilio memnon

      Great Mormon butterfly

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  • Standing for science. Always.

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    Created: 4/13/2018      Updated: 4/16/2018

    Museum staff and volunteers at the 2017 March for Science

    Every day we use, apply and celebrate science here at the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. It is a privilege to welcome our guests and curious students into the wonders of nature – wonders that are more easily understood and appreciated because of science.   

    Our team stands in solidarity today with people around the world who are participating the second annual March for Science, a public testament that science matters in our lives.

    I strongly support the idea of standing up for science. It can help raise public understanding of the importance of scientific study to people, wildlife and nature. Our values at the Academy and Nature Museum are seeded in discovery, research, education and science.

    Perhaps today’s March for Science can inspire more people to be curious, to seek facts and to defend scientific study, on which our lives depend. My hope is that it also stimulates public discussion and a quest for knowledge by people of all ages.

    The Academy has led scientific discovery in the Chicago region for more than 160 years. We offer this knowledge and rich history to the public every day. From our region’s natural history that is preserved and studied in the Academy, to the engaging experiences like seeing the exotic and complex species from around the world in our newest exhibit, Birds of Paradise, we make science fun and empowering.

    Museum staff standing for science

    I invite you to join us today in celebration of the March for Science. Come to the Nature Museum and make your own statement of support with a family photo or selfie in front of our proud “We Stand for Science” sign in our lobby. And then have fun enjoying science here and at other science-based museums that are our sister Museums in the Park institutions.

    Let’s make it a great day for science.

    Deborah Lahey, CEO & President

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