PacSci Perspectives

Fresh Sheet – October 15, 2016

by | Oct 15, 2016

Catopsilia scylla

Catopsilia scylla (Orange Emigrant)

Our featured butterfly this week is the Catopsilia scylla (Orange Emigrant), a species that is only a chrysalis for seven days. That means that their pupae must be shipped to us within a day or two of pupation in order not to emerge in transit. Shipping from Malaysia takes about five days. Often when we unpack the shipment we can see the fully pigmented wings showing through the thin translucent skin of the chrysalis. For more information about the 21-day lifecycle of this butterfly, visit To see these beauties in person, visit our Tropical Butterfly House soon!

Penang Butterfly Farm, Malaysia

80 – Catopsilia scylla (Orange Emigrant)
80 – Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
40 – Hypolimnas bolina (Blue moon)
40 – Idea leuconoe (Paper Kite)
100 – Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)
60 – Tirumala septentrionis (Dark Blue Tiger)
100 – Vindula dejone  (The Cruiser)

Total = 500

“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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