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Fresh Sheet – June 15, 2019

by | Jun 15, 2019

Dryadula phaetusa (Banded Orange Heliconian)

Dryadula phaetusa (Banded Orange Heliconian)

Here are this week’s pupae, from El Salvador. You may notice a couple of species with synonymous names.

Often when there are two genus listed, it means the species has been reclassified either to join another existing genus, or was found to be different enough to be moved into a genus of its own.

When there are synonyms for species, it might mean that two people named the species around the same time and there was disagreement about who was first. Or two populations that were thought to be separate species are later joined together.

Biology is not a cut-and-dry science and the classification of organisms is a work in progress and probably always will be.

Come visit our Tropical Butterfly House soon and look around to spot the member of the Prepona genus.

Bioproductores de El Salvador
San Salvador, El Salvador

40 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
30 – Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
30 – Eurytides epidaus (Mexican Kite Swallowtail)
40 – Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
25 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
30 – Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
30 – Memphis eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing)
30 – Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
40 – Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)
30 – Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
10 – Papilio astyalus (Astyalus Swallowtail)
15 – Prepona demohoon=Archaeoprepona Antimache (One-spotted Prepona)
10 – Prepona=Archaeoprepona demophon (Hubner’s Prepona)
20 – Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button)
25 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)

Total: 405


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“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.