Objects For Families Exhibitions

Digital collection of butterflies of Singapore & Peninsular Malaysia

by Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Explore the diversity of butterflies found in Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia through our online digital collection of butterfly specimens from the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum.

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50A_A Digital Collection of Butterflies of Singapore _ Peninsular Malaysia_Arhopala trogon-min

In 2019, the museum embarked on a butterfly digitisation project with an aim to create a virtual collection of butterflies from Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia. We digitised 12,702 specimens, comprising 978 species and 1,112 subspecies from six families.

These specimens were collected across 187 known localities in Singapore and Peninsular Malaysia over 63 years (1936–1998). Among the butterflies digitised, 319 species are considered to be rare or very rare. This digital exhibition presents highlights from the digitised collection which will amaze and enthrall you! 

50B_A Digital Collection of Butterflies of Singapore _ Peninsular Malaysia_Poritia philota philota-min

50C_A Digital Collection of Butterflies of Singapore _ Peninsular Malaysia_Rapala cowani-min

Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum is Singapore’s only natural history museum, and a leading institution in Southeast Asian biodiversity research, education, and outreach. 

Located at the National University of Singapore, over a million biological specimens, artefacts, field notes, drawings, and photographs from Southeast Asia are housed in its iconic rock-shaped building.

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14 May • 02:00pm • Enabling Village

Create your own personal hand-bound travel journal at SPD’s craft workshops guided by our experienced artisans with disabilities in an inclusive setting.