Fresh Sheet – April 27, 2019

PacSci Blog   In this week’s pupae shipment from Malaysia we have a small number of the big Troides helena (Common Birdwing), a remarkable member of the Swallowtail family (Papilionidae). At one time, Birdwing butterflies were collected to near-extinction. But...

Fresh Sheet – April 20, 2019

PacSci Blog   This week’s pupae are from El Salvador, and include a nice mixture of species.Some of the behaviors of the White Morpho, Morpho polyphemus, are worth highlighting. This butterfly is described as a ‘path following’ species. It flies low...

Assassins in The Springtime

PacSci Blog The ‘white-eyed assassin’ sounds like a character you’d encounter in a cloak-and-dagger TV drama or video game. In actuality, it’s one of our resident bugs in Pacific Science Center’s Living Exhibits. The name is derived from...

Fresh Sheet – April 13, 2019

PacSci Blog   In this week’s pupae shipment from Costa Rica, we are getting a small number of Rothschildia lebeau (Lebeau’s Rothschildia), a small but stunning silk moth with large transparent sections of its wing. The name silk moth is a little confusing....

Fresh Sheet – April 6, 2019

PacSci Blog   While we are awaiting a shipment from Suriname containing three hundred pupae to add to our Tropical Butterfly House, we wanted to feature Biblis hyperia, commonly known as the Red Rim. We talk a lot about mimicry, but not often about unique butterflies....

A Million Ways to Reproduce

PacSci Blog Fascinating article from The New York Times about some of our favorite insects, stick insects. The residents in our current exhibit, Our Plentiful Planet, are known for their camouflage: their stick-like appearance helps to keep them hidden from predators....
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