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Fresh Sheet – February 29, 2020

Feb 29, 2020

On the left, Danaus vulgaris (Blue Glassy Tiger) on the right, Tirumala septentrionis (Dark Blue Tiger)

On the left, Danaus vulgaris (Blue Glassy Tiger) on the right, Tirumala septentrionis (Dark Blue Tiger)

This is the week of the Blue Tigers! Our pupae shipment from Malaysia contains two small but gorgeous species of Monarch butterfly relatives. Danaus vulgaris, the Glassy Blue Tiger, has the markings of a Monarch but in a sheer blue and black motif instead of orange. Tirumala septentrionius, the Dark Blue Tiger, is similar but a darker blue. We’re getting a lot of these tigers so look for them on your next visit to our Tropical Butterfly House.

Remember to bring your camera. Don’t worry if the butterflies won’t pose for you. These species are featured in the selfie station that is right outside the Butterfly House exit.

Penang Butterfly Farm

20 – Attacus atlas (Atlas Moth)
50 – Catopsilia scylla (Orange Emigrant)
10 – Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
18 – Danaus vulgaris (Blue Glassy Tiger)
10 – Hypolimnas bolina (Blue Moon)
10 – Idea leuconoe (Paper Kite)
10 – Papilio memnon (Great Memnon)
70 – Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)
80 – Tirumala septentrionis (Dark Blue Tiger)
72 – Vindula dejone (The Cruiser)

Total = 350



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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.