PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – April 29, 2017

by | Apr 29, 2017

Precis atlites (Grey Pansy)

Precis atlites (Grey Pansy) photographed by George Pagos, February 2017, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Our butterfly pupae shipment comes from Malaysia this week. One of the beauties from the collection is Precis atlites (Grey Pansy) that also is known as Junonia atlites. This nymphalidae butterfly is quite plentiful in the gardens of Southeast Asia. On a recent trip to Cambodia we were delighted to spot them flying freely in dry and lush habitats. While there, we visited Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre near Angkor Wat and saw many Grey Pansy butterflies among other familiar species. When we asked our guide if we could see those caterpillars, he politely told us that the Grey Pansys inside the garden were interlopers from outside the nets. The butterfly is considered too common and abundant for them to cultivate. Nevertheless, we love them and hope you enjoy observing them in our Tropical Butterfly House.

Penang Butterfly Farm

90 – Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
30 – Hypolimnas bolina  (Blue moon)
80 – Idea leuconoe  (Paper Kite)
80 – Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)
8 – Precis almana (Peacock Pansy)
6 – Precis atlites (Gray Pansy)
26 – Tirumala septentrionus (Dark Blue Tiger)
80 – Vindula dejone  (The Cruiser)

Total = 400

“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.