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Fresh Sheet – February 22, 2020

by | Feb 22, 2020

Heliconius charitonius (Zebra Longwing)

Heliconius charitonius (Zebra Longwing)

In this week’s pupae from El Salvador, we are really excited to see a handful of Heliconius charitonius, the Zebra Longwing. In the wild, these butterflies are fairly common in South and Central America and north through Texas and Florida. However, our Tropical Butterfly House rarely gets this sustainably farmed species.

The markings of Zebra Longwings are unique and as implied, are striped. Their behavior is highly communal. They roost and feed together so that if you find one of them, you are likely to discover them all. Enjoy watching them near the end of the day, as they settle to sleep on delicate tendrils of plants. Or if you visit in the morning, it’s fun to see them fluttering away, following each other off to the flowers for a morning feed.

Visit us soon to see Heliconius charitonius and all the other tropical butterfly species that are flying this week!

Bioproductores de El Salvador
El Salvador

30 – Battus belus (Belus Swallowtail)
24 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
25 – Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
25 – Consul excellens (Black-veined Leafwing)
10 – Eurytides epidaus (Long-tailed Kite Swallowtail)
15 – Heliconius charitonius (Zebra Longwing)
25 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
20 – Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
20 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
15 – Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
25 – Anaea eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing)
30 – Anaea nobilis (Noble Leafwing)
50 – Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
40 – Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)
20 – Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
10 – Papilio cresphontes (Giant Swallowtail)
20 – Papilio erostratus (Dusky Swallowtail)
15 – Papilio torquatus (Band-gapped Swallowtail)
10 – Parides photinus (Queen of Hearts)
10 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
10 – Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button)
10 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)
10 – Tithorea tarricina (Cream-Spotted Tigerwing)

Total = 459

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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.