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Fresh Sheet – August 3, 2019

by | Aug 3, 2019

Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)

Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)

This week brings a bumper crop of Heliconius doris, the Doris longwing from Costa Rica. Throughout South America, the Doris comes in several color forms.

Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)

Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)

Notice that all Doris wings have a black background, but the radiating color markings can be red, pink, green, ivory or blue. This color difference varies from subspecies and location. The amount of pigment seems to vary as the Doris becomes part of different mimicry patterns in different parts of its range, an example of Müllerian mimicry.

Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)

Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)

Visit our Tropical Butterfly House soon to enjoy this week’s butterflies in all their different colors!

Suministros Entimológicos Costarricenses, SA
CRES, Costa Rica

55 – Agraulis vanillae (Gulf Fritillary)
40 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
10 – Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
10 – Dryadula phaetusa (Banded Orange Heliconian)
7 – Hamadryas februa (Gray Calico)
60 – Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)
31 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
10 – Heliconius hewitsoni (Hewitson’s Longwing)
19 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
45 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
10 – Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
40 – Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
24 – Myscelia cyaniris (Blue Wave Butterfly)
15 – Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button)
9 – Rothschildea lebeau (Lebeau’s Rothschildea)

Total = 385

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.

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