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Fresh Sheet – February 8, 2020

by | Feb 8, 2020

Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing) - Pupae on the left

Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing) – Pupae on the left

This week our Tropical Butterfly House received a pupae shipment from Suriname that includes 83 Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing).

Harmonia pupae are easier to recognize in their chrysalis stage than in their adult form. These pupae are silvery and metallic, and the emerged butterfly mimics several black and orange tiger striped species. Look closely into the Emerging Window. The less physically developed Harmonia chrysalis will still be shiny and then, just before emerging, the exterior of the chrysalis becomes transparent and the adult colors can be seen through the pupa’s skin.

Adult Tithorea harmonia seem to have a special fondness for jasmine flowers and can often be found nectaring on these little white blossoms. Be curious and look for this and other species next time you visit our Tropical Butterfly House!

Neotropical Insects NV
Suriname

30 – Battus polydamas (Gold Rim Swallowtail)
80 – Dryas iulia (Julia Longwing)
22 – Agraulis vanillae (Gulf Fritillary)
10 – Catonephele orites (Orange-banded Shoemaker)
75 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
83 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)

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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