Nathan’s Notes

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If you enjoy swallowtailed butterflies, right now, we have a bit of an overachiever in the tail department! The aptly named Three-Tailed Swallowtail (Papilio pilumnus) is spectacular, with three tails on each of its hindwings. We’ve recently received some of these Central American natives for the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing, […]

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One of the highlights of any Reiman Gardens visit is watching butterfly pupae open before your very eyes in the glass-walled incubation chambers. You can see the butterflies emerge and hang upside down from their chrysalis as they start to spread their wings for the first time. Almost magically, during […]

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Hebomoia glaucippe

Periodically we get a truly unique butterfly in the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing. We recently received a Great Orange Tip (Hebomoia glaucippe) that displayed none of the black coloration. Included is a photo of this unique individual and one of a typical specimen. There are a few potential causes for the […]

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We have a new species in the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing! For the first time ever, we’ll be flying Blomfild’s Beauty (Smyrna blomfildia). This South and Central American native is a smaller butterfly with a three-inch wingspan. The basic color of male wings is red-orange and brown in females. The underside of […]

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Take a lesson from the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing and plan for a variety of plants and other foods that will attract and nourish butterflies. Check out this fun and highly educational video made by Butterfly Wing Curator, Nathan Brockman, on which plants best feed butterflies and tips for supplementing […]

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Get more out of your next visit to the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing by requesting one of the several magnifying glasses available for visitors young and old. Most butterflies will stay in one place long enough for you to truly examine these beauties up close to take in the magnificent […]

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This month we’re featuring an Iowa native—the Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis). The Imperial Moth is noted for having different variations. Adult moths, for example, are always yellow and purple, but some have far more purple and some have far more yellow. Even in the larval stage, the same species can […]

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The Postman butterfly (Heliconius melpomene) is a species that you can almost always see flitting about in the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing. Some butterflies live only a week or two but this Central and South American species lives a fairly long time—two to three months. While most butterflies come in […]

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Through the end of June, you’ll get a chance to see two impressive butterflies in the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing. The Malachite (Siproeta stelenes) and Rusty Tip (Siproeta epaphus) butterflies arrive from our tropical suppliers in their chrysalis forms. At that point, they look almost identical. Both are a light […]

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Glasswing butterflies are always a special treat for visitors to the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing. They have amazingly transparent, membranous wings that don’t have many scales, so they are somewhat transparent and blend into their surroundings. We usually have one type of smaller Glasswing (Greta oto), but for the next […]

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