|Grey Pansy Butterfly – Junonia atlites|
Captive live butterflies photographed at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago IL.
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The grey pansy is a tropical butterfly found in Sri Lanka with a wingspan of 55-65mm. Insects in the genus, described by Jacob HÃ¼bner in 1819, are commonly known as Buckeyes, Pansies, or Commodores. This genus flies on every continent except Antarctica, and contains about 30â€“35 species.
Live butterfly exhibits have become very popular in the United States, for obvious reasons. Children love butterflies, adults love butterflies and museums find them easy to raise and maintain – everybody wins. This happy circumstance is also good for the wild butterflies – people who used to go into the rain forest and capture live butterflies, or plunder their eggs and chrysalises now can be set to work on butterfly farms, thereby sparing our wild populations, and providing much needed jobs for many impoverished regions.
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Order Lepidoptera, which contains both butterflies and moths, includes at least 125,000 known species including 12,000 in North America. Butterflies are revered for their brightly colored wings and pleasing association with fair weather and flowers.