PacSci Perspectives

Fresh Sheet – April 1, 2017

by | Apr 1, 2017

Idea Leuconoe (Paper Kite)

Idea Leuconoe (Paper Kite)

This week, our shipment includes 80 paper kite butterflies (Idea leuconoe). These butterflies were once the primary subjects of a longevity study we undertook at Pacific Science Center. In the study, butterflies were marked on their wings and then released into our Tropical Butterfly House. Based on the color and placement of the dot, we could determine how long they had lived as adults when we found them deceased. Some individuals lived over 3 months.

Now, we’re starting up another study in the Butterfly House and we need your help. Nectar is an important food source for butterflies and we’d like to identify which flowers our butterflies prefer. Visit our Tropical Butterfly House in the month of April, take a picture of a butterfly on a flower, and upload it to Instagram or Twitter using #citizensci as the hashtag. You can identify the butterflies and plants if you have time, or let our Living Exhibits Department do that part. These photos will help our staff learn if there’s a plant species we should get more of, a butterfly and plant relationship we haven’t noticed before, and maybe more. Join the fun!

Penang Butterfly Farm

13 – Catopsilia pomona (Lemon Emigrant)
39 – Catopsilia scylla (Orange Emigrant)
90 – Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
8 – Euploea phaenareta (King Crow)
40 – Hypolimnas bolina  (Blue moon)
80 – Idea leuconoe  (Paper Kite)
5 – Papilio memnon  (Great Memnon)
90 – Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)
15 – Precis almana (Peacock Pansy)
50 – Precis atlites (Gray Pansy)
80 – Tirumala septentrionus (Dark Blue Tiger)
80 – Vindula dejone (The Cruiser)

Total = 590

“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.