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Fresh Sheet – September 21, 2019

by | Sep 21, 2019

Morpho achilles (Blue-banded Morpho) on the left - Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho) on the right

This week’s pupae shipment from Suriname contains a familiar-looking species that closely resembles the popular Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho). Zoom in and take a close look. This butterfly species is actually Morpho achilles (Blue-banded Morpho).

Both Morpho species are Neotropical, meaning they come from the tropical regions of the Western Hemisphere. However, Peleides Blue Morphos come from Central America and Blue-banded Morphos come from South America. The two species never appear together in the wild.

Be curious! Visit our Tropical Butterfly House for a closer look at these individual species because when they open their wings, these butterflies are even more beautiful and fascinating.

Neotropical Insects NV
Suriname

5 – Heraclides thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
59 – Heraclides thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
6 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
50 – Dryas iulia (Julia Longwing)
5 – Catonephele orites (Orange-banded Shoemaker)
55 – Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock)
20 – Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
5 – Biblis hyperia (Red Rim)
70 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
10 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)
15 – Morpho achilles (Blue-banded Morpho)

Total = 300

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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 Butterflies@pacsci.org with details and your contact information.

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