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Fresh Sheet – July 13, 2019

Jul 13, 2019

Eurytides epidaus (Long-tailed Kite Swallowtail)

Eurytides epidaus (Long-tailed Kite Swallowtail)

This week’s pupae come from El Salvador and it’s a grand week of swallowtails! With Eurytides epidaus, Papilio erostratus, Papilio pilumnus and Papilio torquatus, our Tropical Butterfly House will be a parade of fluttering colors.

Most members of the swallowtail family (Papilionidae) are fast flying butterflies who love light and flowers. The wing tips on many of them are long and tapered, easily broken when predators try to grab them. As a very fragile part of the butterfly’s wing, these tips sometimes break off before Animal Caretakers even get a chance to release the swallowtails from the emerging window into the garden.

Come visit us soon and see the variety of species just waiting for you!

Bioproductores de El Salvador
El Salvador

30 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
20 – Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
10 – Eurytides epidaus (Long-tailed Kite Swallowtail)
20 – Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
15 – Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
35 – Anaea eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing)
20 – Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
30 – Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)
35 – Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
15 – Papilio erostratus (Dusky Swallowtail)
10 – Papilio pilumnus (Three-tailed Swallowtail)
9 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)

Total = 279

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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.