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Butterfly Rainforest - FLMNH - Gainesville, FL
Pictures, a video clip & visitor info from a trip to the Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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Harn Museum of Art
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The Butterfly Rainforest is one of the best attractions in the city of Gainesville for nature lovers of any age.

This permanent exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History showcases hundreds of colorful butterflies, lush rainforest foliage, a few dozen small birds, some koi goldfish, waterfalls, and exotic orchid flowers.

The Florida Museum of Natural History and the Butterfly Rainforest are located on the University of Florida campus at the intersection of SW 34th St. and Hull Road next to the Harn Museum of Art.

Visitors are welcome in the museum Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM and on Sundays from 1 PM to 5 PM.

Tickets cost $10.50 for adults, $6 for children (3-17), $9 for Florida residents, and $8 for seniors or college students.

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Parking at the museum costs $4 on weekdays from 8:45 AM to 4:30 PM payable to the parking attendant in the booth. Visitors can park for free during weekends and state holidays. (The signs in the area stated that parking restrictions were lifted at 3:30 PM in the adjacent student parking lot.)
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Just a few of the butterfly types and moth species that can be seen in the Butterfly Rainforest include the Angola White Lady, Glasswing, Great Orange Tip, Mosaic, Mother of Pearl, Zebra Swallowtail, White Peacock, Common Birdwing, Cattleheart, Great Eggfly, Longwing, Olivewing, Postman, Shoemaker, Swordtail, Blue Glassy Tiger, Cracker, Rusty Tipped Page, Silver Emperor, Blue Crow, Charaxes, Gold-Banded Forester, Indian Leaf, Morpho, Mexican Bluewing, Tropical Blue Wave, Procilla Beauty, Lacewing, Leafwing, Crimson Patch, Mexican Silverspot, Tigerwing, and Orange Emigrant.
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Little Birds Eating
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Pink Orchid Flower
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Koi Pond
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Koi Goldfish
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Turtle Resting On Rock
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Butterflies Feeding On Fruit
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Small Waterfalls
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Tailed Jay Butterfly
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I captured a few short video clips during our visit to the Butterfly Rainforest and later edited them together into a short movie. To view the video, click on the blue link below. To download the video to your hard drive, right click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As".
 

Butterfly Rainforest Video Clip - Florida Museum of Natural History

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Preserved Butterflies
For more of my related photo galleries, click on the following links: La Chua Trail, Chacala Trail, Palm Point Nature Park, University of Florida Homecoming Parade, UF Gator Gallop, UF Gators Vs. USF Bulls, Gators Vs. Redhawks, Sante Fe River Canoeing, Lakeridge Winery - Clermont, Butterfly World - Coconut Creek, Discovery Cove - Orlando, Gators Vs. Canes, UF Campus, UF Bat House, Lake Alice, Devil's Millhopper, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville Raceway Test & Tune, Gainesville Raceway National Sportbike Stunt Riding Association Championships, and Ironwood Golf Course.

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