PacSci Perspectives

Fresh Sheet – January 14, 2017

by | Jan 14, 2017

Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock)

Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock) nectaring from a Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii) plant.

This week we feature a little butterfly that is reliably seen and often admired in our Tropical Butterfly House, Anartia amanthea (Scarlet Peacock). This prevalent butterfly is so small that many of the flowers in our garden are too big for the Anartia amathea to eat. It needs a very shallow surface to reach its proboscis into for nectar. With the right flowers, such as the Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii), we’ve had great success keeping Scarlet Peacock butterflies healthy and flying for a good long life. For a butterfly that means four to six weeks!

Suministros Entimológicos Costarricenses, SA
CRES Costa Rica

10 – Battus polydamas (Polydamus Swallowtail)
14 – Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
100 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
40 – Dryas iulia (Julia Longwing)
5 – Catonephele orites (Orange-banded Shoemaker)
25 – Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock)
7 – Biblis hyperia (Red Rim)
19 – Mechanitis polymnia (Polymnia Tigerwing)
80 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)

Total= 300

“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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