PacSci Perspectives

Fresh Sheet – January 7, 2017

by | Jan 7, 2017

Troides rhadamantus (Golden Birdwing) feeding on nectar while in flight.

Troides rhadamantus (Golden Birdwing) feeding on nectar while in flight.

The first pupae shipment of 2017 brings us many different species from the swallowtail family, Papilionidae. Swallowtails include members of Graphium, Papilio, Parides, and Troides genera.

The next time you visit our Tropical Butterfly House, observe swallowtail butterflies in flight. They are very energetic and often drink nectar while flying in place. Swallowtail wings are unusually large for their body and their flight is very different looking than that of other butterflies. To learn more about the aerodynamics of swallowtail flight, scientists built a balsa wood model of a swallowtail and filmed it in slow motion. Read the article and watch the video here.

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10 – Attacus atlas (Atlas Moth)
5 – Caligo atreus (Yellow-Edged Giant-Owl)
10 – Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
10 – Graphium agamemnon (Tailed Jay)
10 – Graphium angolanus (Angola White Lady)
4 – Graphium antheus (Large Striped Swordtail)
5 – Hamadryas laodamia (Starry Calico)
10 – Hypolimnas bolina (Blue moon)
10 – Idea leuconoe (Paper Kite)
10 – Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)
5 – Myscelia cyaniris (Blue Wave Butterfly)
5 – Papilio garamas (Magnificent Swallowtail)
10 – Papilio lowii (Sunset Swallowtail)
5 – Papilio memnon (Great Memnon)
5 – Papilio nephelus (Yellow Helen)
2 – Papilio palinurus (Banded Peacock)
5 – Papilio rumanzovia (Crimson Swallowtail)
5 – Parides iphidamas (Transandean Cattleheart)
10 – Parthenos sylvia lilacinus (Blue Clipper)
4 – Parthenos sylvia philippensis (The Clipper)
10 – Troides rhadamantus (Golden Birdwing)

Total = 150

“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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