Our favourite signs of spring
1 March 2019
Museum wildlife experts share their favourite signs spring is here or on its way.
The world's insect populations are plummeting everywhere we look
12 February 2019
Crashing numbers will have serious implications on our future.
Queen Alexandra birdwing butterfly display causes a flutter
8 February 2019
A display showcasing Queen Alexandra birdwing butterfly specimens is open at the Museum at Tring.
Over 270 new species discovered in 2018
27 December 2018
They include new dinosaurs, an ancient wombat and a giant shark.
Beautiful new species of swallowtail butterfly discovered on Fiji
2 November 2018
Scientists are still unsure where the species came from.
Why do some butterflies and moths have eyespots?
29 May 2018
Discover how some species effectively use their colourful wings to deter predators.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: monarchs at sunset
9 May 2018
Read the story of the epic migration of the monarch butterfly.
The caterpillars causing allergic reactions in London
2 May 2018
The Forestry Commission issues annual alerts about toxic oak processionary moth caterpillars in London.
A gardener's guide to butterfly-friendly plants
12 April 2019
Find out which plants will encourage colourful visitors to your garden.
Scientist turns detective to identify mysterious moth
26 March 2018
The arrival of a tiny moth in the Wildlife Garden sparked a scientific search of London.
Often imitated: Henry Bates and the butterflies of the Amazon
6 July 2017
A special collection of butterfly specimens at the Museum helps tell a tale of extraordinary adventure and scientific insight.
Spotlight: the Madagascan moon moth
21 July 2017
Living for a week at most, the Madagascan moon moth has a lot to accomplish in its short life.
Spotlight: the great eggfly
5 May 2017
A stunning species with a disturbing diet: meet the butterflies sipping on human sweat.
Sensational Butterflies: bringing the jungle to London
31 March 2017
Find out how we prepare the tropical butterfly house and keep the hundreds of butterflies soaring.
Moths and bats: An evolutionary war
16 February 2017
Dr Ian Kitching explores the 60-million-year evolutionary arms race between moths and bats.
Butterflies emerging earlier due to rising temperatures
8 December 2016
More than 90% of British butterflies emerge earlier in years with a warm spring or summer - potentially too early for the plants they eat.
New butterfly name dedicated to Colombian peace process
2 November 2016
Scientists have identified a distinctive new species of ringlet butterfly and named it Magneuptychia pax in recognition of the peace process in Colombia, where the butterfly lives.
A caterpillar's medicine cabinet
18 August 2016
One caterpillar is thought to be the first recorded self-medicating insect.
Spotlight: great orange tip
28 July 2016
The great orange tip fights for survival by borrowing the outfit of a much deadlier creature.
Nature's Olympians: record-breaking butterflies
21 July 2016
They could beat a horse in a race and survive a blizzard. No challenge is too big for these record-breaking butterflies.
Spotlight: tiger longwing
14 July 2016
Newborn humans take years to become adults - but for butterflies, the miraculous process takes just a few weeks.
Toxic talents of Britain's cyanide moths
Drowsy caterpillars are transforming into moths with a cunning skill - producing their own cyanide.
Beauty of the dual-gender butterfly
5 July 2016
A one-in-10,000 genetic sensation - discover the stunning split-sex butterflies.
Body snatchers: eaten alive by parasitic wasps
30 June 2016
Delve into the dark world of parasitic wasps and discover their grisly takeovers of living caterpillars.
Spotlight: citrus swallowtail
23 June 2016
It looks like bird droppings on a leaf, but don't be fooled: it's a caterpillar in disguise.
Butterfly wings: the science behind the colour
16 June 2016
Masters of disguise, butterflies can look like animal faces, rolled-up leaves and even snakes. Explore their kaleidoscopic world.
Diamondback moths: an epic journey
9 June 2016
Miniscule moths are using the power of wind to soar over oceans and continents.
Spotlight: the tree nymph
3 June 2016
The gentle tree nymph has a reputation for being slow and sleepy - but an unexpected toxin lies within its wings.
The tiniest moths in the world
9 February 2017
Discover the microscopic dimensions of the smallest moths on the planet.
Spotlight: the atlas moth
18 May 2016
One of the goliaths of the insect world, the atlas moth is a gentle giant – but behind every oversized moth is a very hungry caterpillar.
Love is in the air: how butterflies date
12 May 2016
For most butterflies, finding a mate to share their short lives with is their most important mission.
Spotlight: the zebra butterfly
20 April 2016
The greedy zebra butterfly's protein-rich diet of pollen is fuelling its remarkably long lifespan.
How to attract butterflies to your garden
11 April 2016
Filling your garden with insects will make your flowerbeds beautiful and support biodiversity. Ecologist Larissa Cooper explains how.
Spotlight: the blue morpho
6 April 2016
Gleaming in the air, the iridescent blue morpho protects itself from predators using the power of light.
Spotlight: the owl butterfly
22 March 2016
The owl butterfly's love of fruit juice can land it in trouble. Expert Luke Brown explains why.
Adventures of the world's oldest butterflies
19 March 2016
Discover the explorers responsible for the oldest butterfly collection in existence.
Seven of the world's weirdest moths
17 March 2016
From moths eating their own mothers to carnivorous caterpillars on the rampage, the world of insects isn't always as it seems.
Seeing the beauty in your own back garden
26 February 2016
Wildlife photographer Ugo Mellone reveals why the key to capturing a shot to be proud of is closer than you think.
In search of new species in wild Colombia
2 February 2016
Join Dr Blanca Huertas, Senior Curator of butterflies, as she travels to remote Colombia to study butterflies and moths.
Butterflies unlocking our climate's secrets
Climate change is having a dramatic effect on the lives of British butterflies - researcher Steve Brooks explains why.
New butterfly species named after Sir David Attenborough
4 December 2015
A new species of tropical butterfly found in a remote region of South America has been named Euptychia attenboroughi, after naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
Spot the difference: butterfly or moth?
4 September 2015
Step behind the scenes of our butterflies and moths collection for tips on how to tell the two apart.
Amazonian artwork by pioneers of evolutionary theory now online
7 July 2015
Scientific artwork by Alfred Russel Wallace and Henry Walter Bates - two of the most important nineteenth-century biologists and natural history collectors - is available online for the first time.
Butterflies with bullet holes
23 June 2015
Find out why the first known specimen of Queen Alexandra's birdwing has bullet holes in its wings.
Sending moths confusing sex signals is saving Museum specimens
19 June 2015
Convincing male clothes moths to chase other males is reducing the Museum's pest population.
Sharing the Museum collection, one butterfly at a time
30 April 2015
Digitising our collection is leading to breakthroughs in our understanding of the natural world.
Birth of the blue morphos
13 April 2015
Witness the moment these delicate butterflies emerge from their chrysalises in a time-lapse video.
34-million-year-old flapper that’s one of a kind
19 March 2015
A beautiful and unique fossil butterfly from a time when the Isle of Wight was a tropical forest.
Insect cells could create everlasting paints
7 October 2014
A new technique for producing cells from butterflies and beetles could pave the way for paint colours that never fade.
Prince George poses for birthday photo at Museum
22 July 2014
Royal visit to the butterfly house provides perfect backdrop for official pictures.
Butterfly collection pinpoints brilliance of mimicry
10 July 2014
Research using the Museum's Lepidoptera collection has revealed how butterfly species continually evolve to avoid predation.