Butterflies and Moths

from around the world are reminders of the museum's origin as a natural history collection.  The many exotic butterflies show the immense diversity of nature, and  the beauty of the moths, often hidden by night's darkness, is exposed here.

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The Morpho portis from the South America rain forests has iridescent wings which confuse its predators.

Actias luna--the luna or moon moth--with a 5 to 6 inch wingspan is a common to Long  Island.

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Making up the second largest order  (Lepidoptera) of the largest class of animals (Insecta) in the world, moths, butterflies and skippers are intimately intertwined with the lives of the flowering plants.  The increase in diversity and number of flowering plants is in part the result of their symbiotic relationship with insects, especially butterflies and bees.  The life cycles of the lepidoptera with complete metamorphosis in 4 stages (egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and adult) is synchronized with the seasons and the lives of their food plants.  One obvious advantage to this  is that adults are not competing with juveniles for the same food source. The adult of the Black Swallowtail (below right) feeds on nectar while the caterpillar (below left) eats plants of  the carrot family. 
     The Museum has a diverse collection of over 5000 moths and butterflies, with many representatives from the tropics--Africa, Central and South America and the Australasian region--as well as North America.  The collection is organized partly along geographic lines, but also as a teaching collection to illustrate genetic diversity, survival mechanisms, evolutionary theory and cultural importance.

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Hicksville, NY  11801-3101


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