Schaus' swallowtail butterfly
Butterflies and moths in the Museum
This is a photograph of some of the butterflies and other insects we have on display here at the Museum. Can you count them all?
Many of these specimens are very old. They were collected when it was not known that collecting could damage butterfly populations. The Museum takes care not to collect rare species, and never collects more of the commoner species than it needs for research. Unfortunately, there are many people who buy and sell insects that are taken from the wild - this is a problem for endangered species like the Schaus' swallowtail.