PacSci Perspectives

Fresh Sheet – December 17, 2016

by | Dec 17, 2016

Firebush

Butterflies flock to the nectar provider, Firebush (Hamilia patens). How many butterflies can you find in this photograph?

The emerging window in our Tropical Butterfly House is chock-full of pupae this week just in time for the holidays. Now is a good time to visit and spot your favorite butterfly species or fall in love with a new one. Bring your family, bring your camera, and join the fun!

Penang Butterfly Farm
Malaysia

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

Total = 500

Neotropical Insects NV
Suriname

5 – Battus polydamas (Polydamus Swallowtail)
63 – Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
60 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
16 – Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)
40 – Dryas iulia (Julia Longwing)
15 – Catonephele orites (Orange-banded Shoemaker)
5 – Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
6 – Biblis hyperia (Red Rim)
10 – Mechanitis polymnia (Polymnia Tigerwing)
80 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)

Total  = 300

Bioproductores de El Salvador
El Salvador

10 – Anaea eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing)
20 – Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
30 – Catonephele numilia (Halloween Butterfly)
8 – Eurytides epidaus (Long-tailed Kite Swallowtail)
20 – Eurytides thymbraeus (White-crested Swallowtail)
20 – Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
25 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
20 – Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
10 – Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho)
14 – Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)
30 – Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
20 – Papilio androgeus (Queen Page)
15 – Papilio pilumnus (Three-tailed Swallowtail)
25 – Papilio torquatus (Band-gapped Swallowtail)
14 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
16 – Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button)
15 – Smyrna blomfildia (Blomfeld’s Beauty)
15 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)

Total = 327

GRAND TOTAL = 1,127

“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 Butterflies@pacsci.org with details and your contact information.

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