PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – May 13, 2017

by | May 13, 2017

Siproeta stelenes (Malachite)

Siproeta stelenes (Malachite)

This week we feature the strikingly beautiful Siproeta stelenes (Malachite) butterfly from Costa Rica. Their common name suggests the green mineral coloration that dominates their wing pigment. Look closely and you will find varying shades of green from emerald to lime which are especially striking when backlit with sunlight. The malachite wing cells are complimented with umber outlines. Guests visiting our Tropical Butterfly House enjoy photographing the Malachite, as this species is an uninhibited model. Look for these large, handsome butterflies nectaring on Lantana flowers or feeding on mangoes in the fruit sways.

Suministros Entomológicos Costerricenses, S.A.
CRES, Costa Rica

25 – Battus belus (Belus Swallowtail)
30 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
20 – Catonephele numilia (Halloween Butterfly)
17 – Danaus plexippus (The Monarch)
15 – Dryadula phaetusa  (Banded Orange Heliconian)
7 – Eueudes isabella (Isabella’s Longwing)
18 – Greta oto (Glasswing)
9 – Hamadryas februa (Gray Calico)
15 – Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)
23 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
18 – Heliconius hewitsoni (Hewitson’s Longwing)
25 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
24 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
32 – Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho)
17 – Myselia cyaniris (Blue Wave Butterfly)
22 – Papilio thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
5 – Parides arcas (Arcas Cattleheart)
30 – 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.