|Wall of mounted butterfly specimens from around the world.|
The butterfly rainforest is a 6,400-square-foot screened exhibit. Since it is exposed to typical Florida weather conditions it exhibits a more natural environment for the butterflies and sub tropical plants. They typically have over 1,000 butterflies on display and up to 60-80 butterfly and moth species at one time. They also have a collection of small birds. They had great signage that explained things about butterfly lifecycles, habitat, and identification. There were also docents present at all times to answer guest questions.
|Full sheet color photos helped visitors identify the butterflies present in the exhibition.|
|The emergence room was visible to visitors.|
|Chrysalides were labeled with a name and photo of the butterfly that they would become.|
I was toured around by Jaret Daniels and gathered great idea to improve our exhibition next year. I would definitely recommend visiting the Butterfly Rainforest if you are in town for a football game or just passing through Gainesville!
|The museum houses thousands of pinned arthropods in addition to the live butterflies.|
|They have a very diverse collection of wild-collected pinned butterfly specimens.|
|I was surprised to meet "Albert" in the museum as well. The University of Florida used to have live Gators as mascots. This scull was from one of the last live mascots who died in Lake Alice in 1974.|