PacSci Perspectives

Fresh Sheet – September 17, 2016

by | Sep 17, 2016

Vindula dejone

Vindula dejone (The Cruiser)

Have you ever wondered why butterflies are frequently seen down on the ground in a patch of moisture or a puddle? This behavior is called “puddling” and is primarily an activity of male butterflies. The salts and minerals in puddles are an additional supplement to a butterfly’s diet of nectar. These nutrients are necessary for butterfly reproduction. The next time you visit our Tropical Butterfly House, take time to observe butterflies puddling on the ground, but please  – be careful where you step!

Penang Butterfly Farm

120 – Catopsilia scylla (Orange Emigrant)
20 – Cethosia biblis (Red Lacewing)
120 – Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
3 – Danaus vulgaris (Blue Glassy Tiger)
25 – Hypolimnas bolina (Blue moon)
12 – Lexias dirtea (Archduke)
8 – Papilio memnon (Great Memnon)
110 – Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)
14 – Tirumala septentrionis (Dark Blue Tiger)
118 – Vindula dejone  (The Cruiser)

Total = 550

“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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