Insect Museum and Butterfly Garden

Butterfly, East Jakarta, Jakarta, TMII
We visited The Insect Museum and Butterfly Park [Museum Serangga dan Taman Kupu-Kupu] some time ago, and although I have visited Taman Mini Indonesia Indah quite often, this was the first time I entered the museum located next to the Freshwater Aquarium Park. Until then, there were still quite a lot of other places in TMII that I had not visited yet besides this museum, but there were also places that I visited more than three times.

In this country, it seems only the TMII where visitors can find a large number of museums and tourist sites in one complex with a very impressive variety of collections. At that time, outside the museum there was a man dressed in a clown and a rabbit face to entertain the children who came by. It's not clear whether he's part of the TMII service or not, but parents need to give voluntary tips to the clown if their children are to carried on his arms or took photos with him.


The Museum of Insects and Butterfly Park was founded by the Management of the Association of Indonesian Zoos (PKBSI) and Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense (MZB) with the blessing of Tien Soeharto, occupied an area of 500 m2, and was made in the shape of a grasshopper. The museum was inaugurated by President Soeharto on April 20, 1993.

Insect Museum and Butterfly Garden

The name and symbol of the TMII Insect Museum on the wall, as well as a beetle head-shaped mosaic composed of dozens of beetles of various types, were stored on a display board entitled "Pesona Kumbang Nusantara" (Enchantment of the Nusantara Beetle). As the name implies, the Butterfly Park is outside the room, next to the museum building with leafy and flowering plants that are specially grown for butterflies to lay eggs, as food for caterpillars before turning into butterflies, and the flowers are for the needs of butterflies.

There is a Map of Indonesian Insects at the Insect Museum and Butterfly Park with markers using various types of beetles which were alluringly arranged very neatly. Wallace's line divides Indonesian animals into animals originating from the Asian continent, and animals originating from the continent of Australia. However, it is possible that Asian animals come from Western Indonesia, and Australian animals come from Eastern Indonesia.


There's also preserved Long Hornet Beetle (Bactora celebiana), which twins tentacle can be twice as long as its body. What's interesting is the four kinds of Samber Ilen (Sambeliler) with a very beautiful green and black back colors. The species that live in Java (Chrysocroa fulminans) appear to have a larger body size than the species that live in Seram, Bacan, and Buru.

Insect Museum and Butterfly Garden

Upon entering the museum area, you could see displays of Arthropod kinship, all of which came from ancient marine protoarthropods, and then developed into groups of spiders, senggulung, centipedes, shrimp, crabs, and insects. Mimi-Mintuna (Limmulus) is an arthropod derivative that is often called a "living fossil" and I had ever seen it on Mauk Beach, Tangerang.

Another collection was an exotic beetle which twin wings resemble a guitar, hence they're named guitar beetles. This type of beetle can reach 10 cm in length, lives on tree trunks, is more active at night, and is a predator of small insects, worms, and tree fungi.

A collection of grasshoppers (Orthoptera) was also available at the Insect Museum and Butterfly Park, which are jumping insects with long and strong hind legs. Most grasshopper species live on the ground or on trees. Gryllacridae are strange grasshoppers that live in caves. Several types of grasshoppers live in water and can swim.

Valanga nigricornis is a type of grasshopper that can travel long distances, and will become a very serious pest when its population grows rapidly. The one in the middle is the Branch Grasshopper (Siphocrania goliath), and the lower left and right of the Leaf Grasshopper (Phyllium pulchrifolium). One of the display boards contains various types of crickets (Gryllus mitratus and Gryllus testaceus) and Gangsir (Brachytrupes acharinus).

Next is a map of Indonesia with markers using various types of beautiful butterflies according to their area of origin. Butterflies are a group of insects from the Order Lepidoptera (scale-winged insects). The scales on a butterfly are very fine like dust, and stick to the hands when held. The scale pattern differs between males and females. There is also a collection of butterflies found on different islands in Eastern Indonesia, namely the Buru Island butterfly, Bacan Island butterfly, Seram Island butterfly, and Ori Island butterflies.

We had time to stop by at the butterfly garden next to the building and saw a number of beautiful live butterflies there. Adult butterflies can live for a week, but there are also certain types of butterflies that can survive almost a year.

In Sumatra there are at least 15 species of butterflies, Java and Bali have 13, Kalimantan 12, Sulawesi 17, Maluku 15, Nusa Tenggara and Timor there are 11 species, and in Papua there are 21 types of butterflies. One of the famous butterfly areas is in the Bantimutung Waterfall area, Maros, South Sulawesi.


The life of a butterfly begins with the eggs that a female butterfly lays on the leaves. The eggs hatch in 3-5 days to become larvae and after reaching their maximum size, the larvae stop eating and attach themselves to twigs or leaves, and change into perfect butterflies between 7-20 days, depending on the type.

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We left the Museum of Insects and Butterfly Park through a different door, through the back road, where there were several animal cages which unfortunately looked poorly maintained, and some cages that were no longer inhabited.


The address of the Insect Museum and Butterfly Park is at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Jl. Raya Taman Mini, East Jakarta. Phone 021-87795616. Fax: 021-87795616. GPS Location : -6.305893, 106.895304, Waze. Open : Monday - Sunday 09.00-17.00. Tickets : Rp15,000, children and adults alike, including a visit to the Freshwater Aquarium. TMII's gate Rp9,000 (3+ years old), Car Rp10,000, Bus Rp15,000, motorcycle Rp6,000.

, Seorang pejalan musiman. Updated: January 26, 2021.