Fresh Sheet – July 14, 2018

PacSci Perspectives   This week, we continue to explore the pupal life stage of a butterfly. We previously discussed pupae that wiggle and what a pupa looks like right before a butterfly is about to emerge. This week, we talk anatomy. Viewers of our emerging window...

Fresh Sheet – July 7, 2018

PacSci Perspectives   In last week’s Fresh Sheet we discussed how some pupae wiggle, making people think that the butterfly will soon emerge. In fact, the wiggling is just a natural reaction. So how can we detect when a butterfly is ready to emerge? Take, for...

Fresh Sheet – June 30, 2018

PacSci Perspectives   Wiggling Pupae This week’s pupae shipment from Suriname is already unpacked, pinned and hanging in the emerging window. When Animal Care staff were unpacking this shipment, we noticed a larger than normal amount of “wigglers”,...

Fresh Sheet – June 23, 2018

PacSci Perspectives   Observe Vindula dejone (The Cruiser). This butterfly has very striking sexual dimorphism. It would be easy to think that the orange male and the larger, brown and white female were two different species. Their behavior is different too. Male...

Fresh Sheet – June 16, 2018

PacSci Perspectives   After posting the weekly Fresh Sheet, we are often asked, “When will the butterflies emerge from their chrysalides to fly around our Tropical Butterfly House?” The answer can be highly variable. Most of the butterflies listed below...

Fresh Sheet – June 9, 2018

PacSci Perspectives   This week’s shipment from Costa Rica is all about variety. There are 23 species of butterfly that are represented in just this one shipment! Only nine of these species are actually represented on our butterfly guides. People often ask how...
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