PacSci Perspectives

Fresh Sheet – March 18, 2017

by | Mar 18, 2017

Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho)

Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho)

Many species of butterflies show different coloration on the inside of their wings from the outside of their wings. Most commonly, the ventral wing view (the side that shows when the wings are folded) will either camouflage with their surroundings or mimic predators with such markings as large eyespots. The dorsal wing view (the side that shows when the wings are open) is often colorful and/or significant to other members of the species. These markings are shown during courtship and territorial displays. Next time you visit our Tropical Butterfly House check out the differently purposed wing colorations of the various species.

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13 – Anteos chlorinde (White Angled Sulphur)
16 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
28 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
16 – Catonephele numilia (Numilia)
10 – Danaus plexippus (The Monarch)
16 – Dryadula phaetusa (Banded Orange Heliconian)
8 – Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl)
26 – Greta oto (Glasswing)
16 – Hamadryas amphinome (Red Calico)
15 – Hamadryas laodamia (Starry Calico)
16 – Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)
16 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
16 – Heliconius hewitsoni (Hewitson’s Longwing)
20 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
32 – Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho)
20 – Myscelia cyaniris (Blue Wave Butterfly)
16 – Papilio thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
16 – Parides arcas (Arcas Cattleheart)
20 – Siproeta epaphus (Rusty-tipped Page)
16 – Siproeta stelenes (Malachite)

Total = 352

“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.