close up of a brown praying mantis with green leaves behind it

Promoting Man’s Underappreciated Friends

Keep this in mind: without insects humans couldn’t survive very long. Reiman Gardens is dedicated to enhancing the appreciation of insects by displaying the beauty of butterflies and conducting research aimed at fostering better understanding and coexistence of humans and insects.

The heart of our effort is the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing where up to 800 butterflies are in flight every day. It’s always 80 degrees with 80% humidity in the Wing. Nearby, view hundreds of pinned butterfly specimens collected from all over the world and watch a special video on the lifecycle of butterflies and moths.

Be sure to check the emergence cases where you can watch caterpillars feeding and pupating, and butterflies and moths emerging from their pupae — chrysalids for butterflies, cocoons for moths. Reiman Gardens is also filled with a wide array of native insect species that live in the Gardens, visit and pollinate the flowers, and go about their natural behaviors. Here’s a few you might find:

  • Native Butterflies
  • Dragonflies
  • Bees and Wasps
  • Beetles
  • Flies
  • Praying Mantis