If you've never been to the lovely Judy Istock Butterfly Haven at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, now is the time to visit: For the next week, the world’s largest moth is living in this incredible green, flutter-worthy space. The Atlas Moth recently arrived from Malaysia and will join the charismatic Birdwing Butterfly, Blue Morpho and 1,000 fluttering friends in the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s signature attraction.
Judy Istock Butterfly Haven
Visit the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven and you'll have the chance to mingle with more than 1,000 butterflies—more than 40 different types!—and a variety of unique birds in a green, serene space with relaxing pools of water and colorful, tropical flowers. The butterflies here are friendly and busy, and you'll find them perched on the tree branches or munching at one of the many butterfly fruit stations. Stand still for a moment and you're sure to have one land on you, maybe even without knowing it! A mirror at the exit encourages guests to check for butterfly hitchhikers.
The Atlas Moth
The Atlas Moth, now visiting the haven, has a 9-inch wingspan and is larger than any species of butterfly. The brown-and-cream-colored moth features red markings on its outer tips that cause it to appear eerily similar to the head of a snake. Their large cocoons are used as purses in Taiwan because they are made of such sturdy silk, and once these moths emerge from their cocoons, they never close their wings. Since the Atlas Moth spends most of its time perched on vegetation, its easy to spot and photograph here at the haven.
One of the best ways to enjoy a visit to the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven is to take part in a drop-in yoga class. You're sure to feel inspired, relaxed and energized as you strike your poses among the magical butterflies.
Entry to the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven is included in museum admission. Visit the website to learn more about the museum and plan your visit: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago IL 60614).