Fresh Sheet – January 21, 2017

PacSci Perspectives You may remember being told that rubbing butterfly wings will brush their scales off. But Greta oto (Glasswing) butterflies don’t have scales on their transparent wings. That doesn’t mean it’s ok to touch them. They are very...

Fresh Sheet – January 14, 2017

PacSci Perspectives This week we feature a little butterfly that is reliably seen and often admired in our Tropical Butterfly House, Anartia amanthea (Scarlet Peacock). This prevalent butterfly is so small that many of the flowers in our garden are too big for the...

Fresh Sheet – December 24, 2016

PacSci Perspectives Butterfly Legs Everyone knows that insects have six legs but it is not uncommon to observe some butterflies with apparently only four legs. What’s going on here? Most of the butterflies we feature in our Tropical Butterfly House belong to a...

Fresh Sheet – December 3, 2016

PacSci Perspectives   Mimicry alert! Among the many beautiful butterflies emerging this week in our Tropical Butterfly House are Heliconius melpomene (Postman) and Heliconius erato (Small Postman). These insects exhibit Müllerian mimicry, the evolutionary strategy...

Fresh Sheet – November 19, 2016

PacSci Perspectives Swallowtails This week we have a lot of Papilionidae (swallowtail) butterfly pupae. Representing this insect family are Battus belus, Battus polydamas, Eurytides epidaus, Eurytides thymbraeus, Heraclides anchisiades, Papilio erostratus, Papilio...
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