Fresh Sheet – May 18, 2019

PacSci Blog   Here are this week’s pupae, from El Salvador.We are getting 15 Parides montezuma this week. They are part of a large group of butterflies called ‘pipevine swallowtails’. They are named so because their caterpillars feed exclusively on...

Fresh Sheet – May 11, 2019

PacSci Blog   Let’s discuss the genus Siproeta. Pacific Science Center is getting two of the three species from the genus, in our Costa Rica pupae shipment: S. stelenes (Malachite) and S. epaphus (Rusty-tipped Page). Their pupae are nearly identical – in fact,...

Fresh Sheet – May 4, 2019

PacSci Blog   This week’s pupae shipment from Suriname arrived before we received the shipping list from the vendor. That meant that the Animal Caretakers had to figure out what the different species were from each pupae’s appearance in order to pin them...

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...
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