Monsanto Insectarium

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Monsanto Insectarium
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Inside the insectarium
Date opened2000
LocationSt. Louis, Missouri, United States
Coordinates38°38′06″N 90°17′31″W / 38.6349°N 90.2919°W / 38.6349; -90.2919Coordinates: 38°38′06″N 90°17′31″W / 38.6349°N 90.2919°W / 38.6349; -90.2919
Paper kite, Monsanto Insectarium

The Monsanto Insectarium is an insectarium located within the St. Louis Zoo, in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. 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.[2]

The Monsanto Insectarium is open every day except Christmas and New Years days. Admission to the zoo and the insectarium is free.

Butterfly collection[edit]

The insectarium includes a tropical garden and pollinarium. The gallery (below) illustrates a few specimens from the pollinarium's collection.


  1. ^ "Currently Accredited Zoos and Aquariums". AZA. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  2. ^ "Zoo's Monsanto Insectarium on schedule, set to open next spring". St. Louis Commerce Magazine. September 1999. Retrieved 2007-03-10.

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