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Insects living in the Collodi Butterfly House
Insects living in the Collodi Butterfly House
Stick Insect

Stick Insect
Scientific name: Baculum extradentatum (Brunner 1907)
Origin: South-east Asia

insetto_stecco_180The stick insect belongs to the group of Phasmids, together with 2,500 other species, mainly found in tropical areas. The group includes the longest insect of all, the Pharnacia serratipes of Indonesia, which can reach 33 centimetres in length. The species exhibit sexual dimorphism: the females differ from the males, which are slimmer and have an enlargement at the end of their abdomen.
Their eggs resemble small seeds. Phasmids are able to regenerate lost body parts. They can also reproduce by parthenogenesis, without the contribution of the males.

Bee

Bee
Scientific name: Apis mellifera (Linnaeus, 1758)
Origin: Italy

Api e regina_CC_lightThis species is known to all for its production of honey and its fascinating life organised in complex communities. It is also highly important for plant reproduction, due to its “involuntary” pollination of flowers while flying from one to another to collect nectar.
Not everyone has the opportunity to see bees in their hives, but you can do so in the Collodi Butterfly House, through a glass panel. One side of the hive is open to the outside so that the bees can fly around and freely collect nectar.

 

Giant Peruvian Cockroach
Giant Peruvian Cockroach
Scientific name: Archimandrita tesselata
Origin: South and Central America

archimandrita_tessellata_0038b_l.d_180This is one of the largest and most solid cockroaches. The juvenile forms, neanides, are without wings. The neanides and nymphs are brownish in colour. The males are longer and narrower than the females. The juvenile insects normally remain hidden during the day. Despite having wings, this species cannot fly very well due to its heavy weight. Modern-day cockroaches are a species of living fossils, similar to their ancestors of over 250 million years ago.

Plants in the Butterfly House
Plants in the Butterfly House

Adiantum sp. Pteridaceae – Function: Greenery for shade

Ageratum houstorianium Compositae – Function: Flowers for butterflies

Alocasia macrorrhiza Araceae – Function: Decoration

Alpinia zerumbet Zingiberacee – Function: Flowers for butterflies and greenery 

Alpinia purpurata Zingiberaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies and greenery 

Cyathea (Alsophila -Gypsophila) cooperi (australis) Tree Ferns – Function: Greenery for shade 

Anthuriumsp. Araceae – Function: Greenery for shade 

Antigonon leptopus Polygonaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies 

Aristolochia gigantea brasiliensis Aristolochiaceae – Function: Decoration and food for caterpillars

Asclepias curassavica Asclepiadaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies

Asplenium scolopendrium (Phyllitis) Aspleniaceae – Function: Greenery for shade

Asplenium scolopendrium ‘Furcata’ Aspleniaceae – Function: Greenery for shade

Asplenium trichomanes Aspleniaceae – Function: Greenery for shade 

Asplenium fontanum Aspleniaceae – Function: Greenery for shade 

Bromelievarie Bromeliaceae – Function: Greenery

Brugmansia (DATURA) sanguinea Solanaceae – Function: Decoration

CalliaFicus benghalensis Moraceae – Function: Greenery

Ficus benjamina Moraceae – Function: Greenery

Ficus elastica Moraceae – Function: Greenery

Ficus lirata Moraceae – Function: Greenery

Gunnera manicata Gunneraceae – Function: Decoration and greenery

Heliconia Musaceae – Function: Decoration and greenery

Heliotropium peruvianum Boraginacee – Function: Flowers for butterflies 

Howea (Kentia) fosteriana Palmae – Function: Flowers for butterflies and greenery

Hybiscus Rosa sinensis single flower Malvaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies and greenery 

Impatiens wallerana Balsaminaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies 

Ixora coccinea Rubiaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies

Lantana camara Verbenaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies 

Lantana montevideensis Verbenaceae cascante – Function: Flowers for butterflies

Lonicera japonica Caprifoliaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies

Marantha leuconeura Verbenaceae Monstera deliciosa Araceae R Monstera obliqua Araceae R Musa nana Musaceae – Function: Greenery

Nelumbo nucifera ‘Rosea Plena’ Nymphaeaceae – Function: Decoration

Nymphaea cultivar red Nymphaeaceae – Function: Decoration

Nymphaea cultivar yellow Nymphaeaceae – Function: Decoration

Esteticandra hematocephala Mimosaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies 

Callistemon citrinus Myrtaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies 

Canna x generalis canna lily, Indian shot Cannaceae – Function: Decoration

Carica papaia Caricaceae – Function: Decoration

Caryota mitis Palmae – Function: Greenery

Cattleia Orchidee – Function: Decoration

Cestrum Coontie Solanaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies 

Cestrum rubrum Solanaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies 

 

Chamaedorea graminifolia Palmae – Function: Greenery for shade 

Citrussp. Rutaceae – Function: Food for caterpillars and flowers for butterflies 

Clerodendron bungei Verbenaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies 

Clerodendron speciosissimus Verbenaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies 

Clerodendron thomsoniae Verbenaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies

Clerodendron paniculatum Verbenaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies

Coffea arabica Rubiaceae – Function: Decoration

Colocasia esculenta Araceae – Function: Decoration

Crooton sp. Araceae – Function: Greenery for shade 

Cycas revoluta Cycadaceae – Function: Decoration

Dieffembachia sp. Araceae – Function: Greenery for shade 

Dioön Zamiaceae – Function: Decoration

Dracaeena marginata Agavaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies and decoration 

Durantarepens Verbenaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies 

Eichhornia crassipes Pontederiaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies and decoration

Euforbia pulcherrima Euphorbiaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies 

Eupatorium atrorubens Compositae – Function: Flowers for butterflies

Euphorbia milii Euphorbiaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies 

Felcivarie Aspleniaceae – Function: Greenery for shade

Passiflora coerulea Passifloraceae – Function: Food for caterpillars 

Frost resistant Passiflora quadrangularis Passifloraceae Pentas lanceolata Rubiaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies

Philodendron coronarius Araceae – Function: Greenery

Phoenix Robeleni Palmae – Function: Greenery

Photosaureus Araceae – Function: Decoration

Piperauritum Piperaceae – Function: Greenery

Pistia striatiotes Pontederiaceae – Function: Decoration

Plumbago Capensis Plumbaginaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies 

Pteridium alcicorne Felci – Function: Greenery

Satachytarpheta jamaicensis Verbenaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies 

 Scheffiera actinophylla Araliaceae – Function: Greenery

Seneciopetasitis Compositae – Function: Flowers for butterflies 

Spatiphillum sp. Araceae – Function: Greenery

Stephanotis floribunda Asclepiadaceae – Function: Flowers for butterflies 

Strelitzia nicolai Strelitzaceae – Function: Greenery

Strelitzia alba Strelitzaceae – Function: Greenery

Strelitzia reginae Strelitzaceae – Function: Greenery

Tillantia usneoides Bromeliaceae E-Cascante

Tillantia Bromeliaceae – Function: Decoration

Epiphytic Zamia sp. Zamiaceae – Function: Decoration

Zamioculcas – Function: Decoration

Zantedeschia Aethiopica Araceae – Function: Decoration