Inside the insectarium
|Location||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
The Monsanto Insectarium is an insectarium located within the St. Louis Zoo, in St. Louis, Missouri. David Mason & Associates designed the $4 million, 9,000 square feet (840 m2) facility which opened in 2000. It houses educational exhibits and an active breeding and research facility. The research facility includes a window to the exhibits area and two-way communications so visitors may watch entomologists work and ask them questions. The facility also includes a geodesic flight dome cage, home to numerous rainforest flowers and butterfly species.
The Monsanto Insectarium is open every day except Christmas and New Years days. Admission to the zoo and the insectarium is free.
The insectarium includes a tropical garden and pollinarium. The gallery (below) illustrates a few specimens from the pollinarium's collection.
Mexican sister, underside
Heliconius cydno - Cydno longwing, underside
Great Egg Fly, male
Great Mormon, female
Great Mormon, male
- "List of Accredited Zoos and Aquariums". aza.org. AZA. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
- "Zoo’s Monsanto Insectarium on schedule, set to open next spring". St. Louis Commerce Magazine. September 1999. Retrieved 2007-03-10.