Butterfly World 1.0 is an interactive virtual reality game depicting a subtropical dry forest in the Florida Keys (USA). Participants explore their surroundings and identify butterflies, plants, and exotic (some invasive) species. Their mission is to capture photos of six butterfly species including the federally endangered Schaus’ swallowtail butterfly (Heraclides aristodemus ponceanus) and remove as many invasive species as possible. A The graceful twig ant (Pseudomyrmex gracilis) is an invasive ant species that inhabits dry forests in the Florida Keys B cassius blue butterflies (Leptotes cassius) flying around in the virtual forest C magnifying glass used to zoom in on the butterfly wings for proper identification D cassius blue butterflies nectaring on their caterpillar host plant (Plumbago auriculata; exotic, ornamental plant, common in yards) E participant using the virtual reality headset with hand controllers F the lime swallowtail (Papilio demoleus) is an invasive butterfly species in the Caribbean; however, it has not reached south Florida G the federally endangered Schaus’ swallowtail (H. a. ponceanus) is endemic to the Florida Keys; and H the giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) is a common butterfly that inhabits dry forests and urban areas, it closely resembles the Schaus’ swallowtail butterfly; however, their wing color patterns are different.

  Part of: Clayborn J, Delamarre A (2019) Living room conservation: a virtual way to engage participants in insect conservation. Rethinking Ecology 4: 31-43. https://doi.org/10.3897/rethinkingecology.4.32763