Nathan’s Notes

National Moth Week is July 22-30, and to celebrate, we’ll have Iowa native moths in the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing. The Polyphemus moth, Antheraea polyphemus, is one of our country’s largest and most beautiful silk moths. It is named after Polyphemus, the giant cyclops from Greek mythology who had a single […]

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The Common Blue Morpho (Morpho pelides) is a visitor favorite inside the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing. This Central to South American butterfly typically resides in the forest along paths or waterways. In addition to their large size, visitors are also impressed by their brilliant blue coloration found on their wings. Unlike […]

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In the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing this month, keep an eye out for a sweet treat, the Chocolate Pansy butterfly (Junonia iphita). This small multi-toned brown butterfly from Asia is seasonally dimorphic, that is, it has different patterns at different times of the year. This particular butterfly has both a dry- […]

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The Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing has a new web application to allow users to learn more about the butterflies and moths in the Butterfly Wing. The new application was created by a group of students from the College of Engineering — Electrical and Computer Engineering Department’s senior design class. You can learn […]

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This month in the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing we will be flying a butterfly, Perrhybris pyrrha, which is interesting on a couple of counts. First, this species is sexually dimorphic, meaning the females and males look different than each other — and in the case of Perrhbris pyrrha that difference […]

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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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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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