Fresh Sheet – July 1, 2017

PacSci Perspectives   One of the most ubiquitous butterflies in our Tropical Butterfly House is Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly), a member of the Nymphalidae family. Nymphalidae is the largest family of Lepidoptera with around 6,000 species found all over the world....

Fresh Sheet – June 24, 2017

PacSci Perspectives   This week’s pupae shipment from Malaysia has us considering paleogeography. It seems that Vindula dejone (The Cruiser) and all the Cethosia species are close relatives to the Neotropic Heliconius butterflies and are considered remnant...

Fresh Sheet – June 17, 2017

PacSci Perspectives   Swallowtail butterflies, members of the Family Papilionidae, are so named because their hind-wings often have extensions that resemble the tails of swallows. But have you noticed that not all Papilio butterflies have tails? And the beautiful...

Fresh Sheet – June 10, 2017

PacSci Perspectives   Did you know that most species of butterflies have certain times of day when they are active? The butterfly species that we receive at Pacific Science Center seem to overlap in activity during the day. Sometimes you will see one group settling...

Fresh Sheet – June 3, 2017

PacSci Perspectives   Some butterfly pupae are interesting and lovely including two species we received this week that appear to be metallic, Mechanitis polymnia (Polymnia Tigerwing) and Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing). All Danaidae tribe butterflies, of which...

Fresh Sheet – May 27, 2017

PacSci Perspectives   Most people visit our Tropical Butterfly House to see colorful and amazing butterflies. But some guests come to enjoy the lush flowers and tropical plants as well. One of the most prolifically flowering bushes in our garden is Lantana camara...
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