Smithsonian live butterfly exhibit id's

David Hamilton Cox dhcox at
Thu Mar 5 22:00:30 EST 2009

 I visited the Butterfly Pavilion at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural
History on February 17, 2009 and took photos of several species, most
of which I could not find on the provided species finder (which you
can access at
I emailed the relevant contact at the museum and received no response.
I realize that since I don't have location, habitat, time of season, etc.,
that making identifications may be impossible, but I thought I would at 
least ask. Id's to the genus level would be helpful. The photos are at:

 I have labeled the few that I could identify from the species finder. 
Feedback if I got those wrong would be appreciated. I will update the 
labels if I get any id's from this list. 

 Also, I'm curious if the term "pavilion" is typically used for an
exhibit of live butterflies, with a nod to the etymology. I noticed it was
similar to "papillion" and indeed the words are related, according to Eric
Partridge in "Origins," who, about the word "pavilion", says that "in
[Late Latin], papilio means also . . . a large tent, from the resemblance of
the curtains that closed it to a butterfly's wings." Interesting coincidence, 
if that's what it was, that the Smithsonian exhibit used this word.


-David Cox 


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