PacSci Perspectives

Fresh Sheet – August 20, 2016

by | Aug 20, 2016

L dirtea

Lexias dirtea (Archduke)

This week’s pupae shipment from Malaysia includes Lexia dirtea (Archduke). This butterfly is an excellent example of a species that exhibits sexual dichromatism – a difference in coloration between males and females. Unlike the male, pictured above, the female L. dirtea displays a delicate pattern of whitish spots.

Penang Butterfly Farm

90 – Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
7 – Lexias dirtea (Archduke)
5 – Papilio helenus (Red Helen)
84 – Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)
4 – Precis atlites (Gray Pansy)
50 – Tirumala septentrionis (Dark Blue Tiger)
90 – Vindula dejone  (The Cruiser)

Total = 330

“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.

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