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Fresh Sheet – August 17, 2019

Aug 17, 2019

Will you find any Idea leuconoe (Paper Kite) butterflies in our Tropical Butterfly House this week?

Will you find any Idea leuconoe (Paper Kite) butterflies in our Tropical Butterfly House this week?

This week’s pupae shipment from Malaysia contains beautiful and active butterflies from ten different species but the shipment does not contain the popular Idea leuconoe (Paper Kite). In fact, we had a very small shipment of Paper Kites last month.

Paper Kites are hardy, long lived butterflies. Five years ago, Animal Care’s Butterfly Longevity Study determined that Paper Kites survive a median of 47 days. Furthermore, this species has a tendency to dominate the ecosystem. Perhaps with fewer of them we will see other species start to thrive. What do you think?

Visit our Tropical Butterfly House soon. We’re curious about any observations you might make about butterflies.

Penang Butterfly Farm

5 – Catopsilia pyranthe (Mottled Emigrant)
90 – Catopsilia scylla (Orange Emigrant)
90 – Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
15 – Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
10 – Danaus vulgaris (Blue Glassy Tiger)
35 – Hypolimnas bolina (Blue Moon)
10 – Lexias dirtea (Archduke)
90 – Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)
15 – Tirumala septentrionis (Dark Blue Tiger)
90 – Vindula dejone (The Cruiser)

Total = 450



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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.