Fresh Sheet – October 28, 2017

PacSci Perspectives   This is the time of year when we celebrate the Halloween Butterfly, Catonephele numilia. Can you see how it got its name? However, the orange and black colors are only present in the male of the species as this member of the Nymphalidae family is...

Fresh Sheet – September 9, 2017

PacSci Perspectives   Recently, Living Exhibits Manager Sarah Moore shared this insight with her staff: “I have made a delightful observation about Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing). This butterfly seems to be the one species that likes to nectar at (and...

Fresh Sheet – September 2, 2017

PacSci Perspectives   This week we received an extra shipment of pupae from Suriname. Pupae originally headed for the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences cannot be delivered due to complications from Hurricane Harvey. Rather than strand...

Fresh Sheet – August 5, 2017

PacSci Perspectives   This week we are featuring the Myscelia cyaniris (Blue Wave Butterfly) species from Costa Rica. This small, strikingly beautiful butterfly is one whose coloration is difficult to accurately describe. In fact, the other common names for Myscelia...

Fresh Sheet – July 29, 2017

PacSci Perspectives   At Pacific Science Center we think one of the most popular nectar plants in our Tropical Butterfly House is the Firebush (Hamelia patens). At first glance, Firebush flowers don’t appear to be open but don’t tell the Heliconidae...
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