PacSci Perspectives

Fresh Sheet – October 1, 2016

by | Oct 1, 2016

Danaus plexippus (The Monarch)

Danaus plexippus (The Monarch)

This week’s pupae shipment from Costa Rica includes a small group of Danaus plexippus (The Monarch) butterflies. Everyone is intrigued by Monarch butterflies but they are rarely featured in our exhibit. These distinctive black and orange butterflies range all the way through Central America and northern South America as well as the Caribbean Islands. Surprisingly, there are also Monarch butterflies in Southeast Asia, Gibraltar, and North Africa. However, many of these populations have short migration patterns or do not migrate at all.

This week you won’t have to travel far to see the popular Monarch. Just pop by our Tropical Butterfly House and see the butterflies that the Costa Rican farmers have sent us.

Suministros Entimológicos Costarricenses, SA
CRES Costa Rica

8 – Caligo atreus (Yellow-Edged Giant-Owl)
15 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
29 – Catonephele numilia (Numilia)
26 – Danaus plexippus (The Monarch)
18 – Dryadula phaetusa (Banded Orange Heliconian)
20 – Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl)
2 – Eueiudes isabella (Isabella’s Longwing)
41 – Greta oto (Glasswing)
18 – Hamadryas amphinome (Red Calico)
57 – Hamadryas laodamia (Starry Calico)
59 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
20 – Heliconius hewitsoni (Hewitson’s Longwing)
36 – Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
38 – Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho)
50 – Myscelia cyaniris (Blue Wave Butterfly)
8 – Opsiphanes quiteria (Scalloped Owl)
5 – Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button)
63 – Siproeta stelenes (Malachite)

Total = 51

“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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