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Fresh Sheet – July 27, 2019

Jul 27, 2019

Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)

Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)

This week’s featured butterfly from our recent Suriname pupae shipment is Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail), a large and beautiful member of the Papilionidae family.

In the wild, this Swallowtail butterfly can be found from southern Texas to Argentina. But of course, it can also be found in our Tropical Butterfly House! With a wing-span of 77mm (3 inches), Heraclides anchisiades is easy to spot nectaring on flower blossoms here.

Visit us soon and enjoy this and the many other beautiful butterfly species that are now flying in our Tropical Butterfly House.

Neotropical Insects NV

7 – Battus polydamas (Gold Rim Swallowtail)
70 – Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
5 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
48 – Dryas iulia (Julia Longwing)
13 – Agraulis vanillae (Gulf Fritillary)
40 – Catonephele orites (Orange-banded Shoemaker)
10 – Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock)
8 – Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
70 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
9 – Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl)
15 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)
5 – Morpho achilles (Blue-banded Morpho)

Total = 300


Adopt a Butterfly

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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.