Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing

river birch

Being one of the first trees to green in the spring, it is only natural that the River Birch has a strong connection to fertility. In Celtic folklore, the birch tree symbolized fertility, renewal and purification. In festivity, Celts would burn bundles of birch trees to drive out spirits of […]

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Indoors at Reiman Gardens tropical plant conservatory with a planted display that looks like a summer picnic

Have you seen our Garden Party exhibit in the Hughes Conservatory? If you haven’t, you only have till the middle of August to see this gorgeous display. This display fits our 20th anniversary theme ‘Celebrating the Past and the Future’ because it illustrates one of the many ways people celebrate […]

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Outdoors at Reiman Gardens with the front entrance with the Reiman Gardens rock and planted containers

This summer there are ten interns ranging from Greenhouse Production, Graphic Design and Communications, Retail Management, Education, Landscaping, Entomology, Turfgrass and Irrigation Maintenance, Event Management and Plant Collections.  We specialize in our specific areas working with our supervisors to learn as much as we can in 14 weeks! As part […]

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Reiman Gardens 20th anniversary outside with an event sandwich board

My name is Lauren, and I am the Graphic Design and Communications intern at Reiman Gardens this summer. This means that I am responsible for designing a majority of the print materials for the different events that take place at the Gardens such as the Garden Art Fair, the Lily […]

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butterfly and moth chrysalis

One component of the internship program at Reiman Gardens is the Rotation Experience. This provides interns with the chance to briefly rotate into another area of the Gardens. We each have the opportunity to experience up to three rotations, with the goal of learning about the operation of the Gardens […]

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close up of a large moth with tan, white, and white markings with green leaves behind it

The Atlas Moth, also named Attacus Atlas, which is the largest moth in the world, is said to have gotten its name from a few different sources. Some say the moth got its name form resembling the bold distinct lines like the ones found in atlas maps. Others say the name […]

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Greetings! My name is Sarah, and as the Entomology Intern this summer, you can often find me in the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing and lab while I care for the plants, sort pupae received from shipments, release butterflies at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily, or hang around to gladly […]

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butterfly with black, white, yellow and orange markings on a light blue flower

Three different species of Lacewing butterflies (Cethosia) are zipping around in the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing through the rest of June. Red Lacewing (C. biblis), Malay Lacewing (C. hypsea) and Leopard Lacewing (C. cyane) all arrived in their pupal form from our Malaysian supplier earlier this month. All three of these […]

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atala hairstreak (Eumaeus atala) close up of a black, orange and blue butterfly

The atala hairstreak (Eumaeus atala) was believed to be extinct in Florida until 1979. The atala hairstreaks were very abundant in the early 1900’s, but it gradually got harder to live because its host plant, coontie (Zamia pumila), was being overharvested for their roots. The decline also had a lot […]

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close up Starry Night Cracker Butterfly Hamadryas Iaodamia with white and blue markings

There are 20 different butterflies of the genus Hamadryas. These butterflies are commonly known as Crackers, due to the males of the species having the ability to produce a percussive sound similar to the crackling of bacon in a frying pan. This unusual skill is believed to be either for […]

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