PacSci Perspectives

Fresh Sheet – April 8, 2017

by | Apr 8, 2017

Dryas iulia

Dryas iulia (Julia Longwing)

This week, we feature the Dryas iulia butterfly (Julia Longwing) which can be found as far south as Brazil and as far north as Nebraska. This week, our pupae come from Suriname.

In addition to drinking nectar, Julia Longwings practice the peculiar behavior of lachryphagy, tear-drinking. These butterflies have been observed sipping the tears of reptiles, especially turtles and caiman. For some interesting photographs of this phenomenon in the wild, click here.

We wonder if any of our turtles would like to meet some Dryas iulia.

Neotropical Insects NV

20 – Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
25 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
15 – Heliconius sara (Sara Longwing)
35 – Dryas iulia (Julia Longwing)
35 – Catonephele orites (Orange-banded Shoemaker)
40 – Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock)
20 – Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
5 – Biblis hyperia (Red Rim)
60 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
10 – Mechanitis polymnia (Polymnia Tigerwing)
35 – 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.