PacSci Perspectives

Fresh Sheet – October 22, 2016

by | Oct 22, 2016


Just in time for Halloween, the orange and black mimicry species complex including Heliconius ismenius, H. hecale, Lycorea cleobea, Tithoria tarricina and T. harmonia, are all represented this week from our Suriname and El Salvador pupae shipments. Not only are their colors perfect for the season but they are also all disguised as each other. The orange and black coloration advertises that they are unpleasant or even toxic to predators. Some of the species really are. Others aren’t but benefit from the deception. Consequently, most predators turn down this offer of trick or treat.

Bioproductores de El Salvador

20 – Anaea eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing)
35 – Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
10 – Battus belus (Belus Swallowtail)
20 – Catonephele numilia (Halloween Butterfly)
10 – Doxocopa callianira (Callianira Emperor)
10 – Doxocopa laure (Silver Emperor)
10 – Eurytides epidaus (Long-tailed Kite Swallowtail)
20 – Eurytides thymbraeus (White-crested Swallowtail)
10 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
15 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
25 – Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
25 – Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho)
20 – Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
35 – Papilio erostratus (Dusky Swallowtail)
35 – Papilio torquatus (Band-gapped Swallowtail)
5 – Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button)
10 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)
25 – Tithorea tarricina (Cream-Spotted Tigerwing)

Total = 340

Neotropical Insects NV

22 – Battus polydamas (Polydamus Swallowtail)
10 – Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
25 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
5 – Dryas iulia (Julia Longwing)
96 – Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock)
5 – Hamadryas feronia (Variable Calico)
5 – Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
97 – Biblis hyperia (Red Rim)
35 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)

Total = 300
Grand Total = 640

“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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