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Fresh Sheet – May 18, 2019

by | May 18, 2019

Parides montezuma (Montezuma Cattleheart)

Parides montezuma (Montezuma Cattleheart)

Here are this week’s pupae, from El Salvador.

We are getting 15 Parides montezuma this week. They are part of a large group of butterflies called ‘pipevine swallowtails’. They are named so because their caterpillars feed exclusively on plants in the genus Aristolochia, also called pipevine or Dutchman’s pipe.

We do not grow anything in that genus, and once in a while our butterflies will go into very active search mode for a suitable host plant.

Creating a decoy host plant is a possibility we will entertain, as we would like to do our best to meet the behavioral needs of the species, ensuring a longer-lived, happier butterfly that is less eager to attempt to leave our Butterfly House in search of new food for its larvae.

Come visit our Tropical Butterfly House soon and watch our new butterflies emerge.

Bioproductores de El Salvador
San Salvador, El Salvador

25 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
20 – Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
15 – Eurytides epidaus (Mexican Kite Swallowtail)
30 – Heliconius charitonius (Zebra Longwing)
12 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
40 – Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
16 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
25 – Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
30 – Memphis eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing)
10 – Memphis nobilis (Noble Leafwing)
20 – Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
40 – Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)
30 – Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
15 – Parides montezuma (Montezuma Cattleheart)
10 – Prepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
20 – Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button)
12 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)

Total: 370

“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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