Sword-tailed, orange-barred, and zebra — butterflies come in all shapes and sizes. Their variety of patterns and colors can communicate a warning, assume a disguise, or disappear in the backdrop of the forest. UGA Costa Rica has a beautiful collection of more than 400 specimens found on and around our campus in San Luis. Many hours of work have gone into finding and preserving these specimens, some of which are very rare. The scientific value of such a collection cannot be understated as it has shown an unexpected diversity of species in a small area. Also, it preserves a future record of the rarest butterflies and those that are perhaps disappearing. Here are photos of some of our most dazzling and fascinating specimens.