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Fresh Sheet – May 4, 2019

by | May 4, 2019

Unlabeled pupae shipment

Unlabeled pupae shipment.

This week’s pupae shipment from Suriname arrived before we received the shipping list from the vendor. That meant that the Animal Caretakers had to figure out what the different species were from each pupae’s appearance in order to pin them with correct labels. Imagine undertaking such a puzzle!

Hooray! The pinning team got all but one identified correctly when the packing slip showed up later. Good job, Animal Caretakers. You know your stuff! And now the public can visit and watch the correctly identified butterflies eclose in our Emerging Window. Stop by soon!

Neotropical Insects NV

10 – Heraclides thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
60 – Agraulis vanillae (Gulf Fritillary)
55 – Catonephele orites (Orange-banded Shoemaker)
60 – Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock)
35 – Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
60 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
9 – Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl)
11 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)

Total = 300


“Fresh Sheet” is our weekly shipment report of pupae on display in the emerging window. Visit Pacific Science Center’s Tropical Butterfly House and meet our newest residents.These butterflies typically arrive as pupae on the Thursday or Friday before the Fresh Sheet is published. Some of these butterflies will start emerging the day they arrive or the next day, but other species may take a full week before they reach adulthood. After emerging, they may live for a week or even a few months! While we love sharing a variety of species with our guests, we cannot guarantee that any specific species will be flying on the day that you visit Pacific Science Center.If you are interested in photographing a specific butterfly and would like to be updated about when it is flying in the Tropical Butterfly House, please email with details and your contact information.

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