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Fresh Sheet – May 25, 2019

by | May 25, 2019

Vindula dejone (The Cruiser)

Vindula dejone (The Cruiser)

This week we are getting pupae from Malaysia. It’s a shipment with a lot of variety, with just a few of some species and a lot of others.

It’s a good reminder of how our farmers do what they do – raise the butterflies on available plant material. Much like a CSA or other small farmer, they tend to diversify because some ‘crops’ are going to do well one week but not the next.

If you remember, insects are ectotherms and get a lot of energy from the warmth of their environment. It makes sense that small fluctuations in temperature might mean that some species take longer to develop and aren’t quite ready yet, while others may have developed too fast and are at risk of emerging in transit.

Come visit our Tropical Butterfly House and get some energy from our luscious tropical environment.

Penang Butterfly Farm
Penang, Malaysia

27 – Catopsilia pyrathe (Mottled Emigrant)
23 – Catopsilia scylla (Orange Emigrant)
100 – Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
8 – Chilasa clytia (Common Mime)
2 – Danaus agleoides (Blue Glassy Tiger)
12 – Danaus vulgaris (Blue Glassy Tiger)
3 – Euploea mulciber (Striped Blue Crow)
5 – Hypolimnas bolina (Blue Moon)
4 – Papilio memnon (Great Memnon)
100 – Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)
14 – Tirumala septentrionis (Dark Blue Tiger)
82 – Vindula dejone (The Cruiser)

Total: 380


“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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