PacSci Perspectives

Fresh Sheet – February 25, 2017

by | Feb 25, 2017

Anaea eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing)

Anaea eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing)

You’re going to need an eagle eye to spot this week’s featured butterfly, Anaea eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing). These little butterflies are master camouflage artists, blending in with leaves. Luckily, for guests of our butterfly house, they look more like dead leaves than living ones, and our Horticulture team is so good keeping our plants alive and clearing out the dead bits that there is not much there for the butterflies to camouflage amongst. Can you find any other butterflies in the house that look like parts of plants? What about a chrysalis in the emerging window?

Bioproductores de El Salvador

15 – Anaea eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing)
20 – Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
10 – Battus belus (Belus Swallowtail)
30 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
35 – Catonephele numilia (Halloween Butterfly)
30 – Eurytides thymbraeus (White-crested Swallowtail)
10 – Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
20 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
20 – Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
30 – Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho)
25 – Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)
30 – Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
10 – Papilio androgeus (Queen Page)
35 – Papilio erostratus (Dusky Swallowtail)
35 – Papilio pilumnus (Three-tailed Swallowtail)
30 – Papilio torquatus (Band-gapped Swallowtail)
10 – Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button)
8 –  Tithorea tarricina (Cream-Spotted Tigerwing)

Total = 403

“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.