PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – May 20, 2017

by | May 20, 2017

Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)

Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)

This week you will find some Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho) flying around or visiting the fruit sways in our Tropical Butterfly House. Very similar in size and shape to its genus cousin the popular Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho), the White Morpho butterfly appears to have a subtle mother-of-pearl sheen on its wings. Around Pacific Science Center we often refer to Morpho polyphemus as the White Handkerchief butterfly and when you watch one flutter its elegant wings, you’ll understand why.

Bioproductores de El Salvador

25 – Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
35 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
25 – Catonephele numilia (Halloween Butterfly)
30 – Eurytides thymbraeus (White-crested Swallowtail)
16 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
17 – Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
19 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
25 – Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
35 – Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho)
30 – Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)
20 – Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
30 – Papilio androgeus (Queen Page)
25 – Papilio erostratus (Dusky Swallowtail)
30 – Papilio pilumnus (Three-tailed Swallowtail)
25 – Papilio torquatus (Band-gapped Swallowtail)
15 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
10 – Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button)
15 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)

Total = 427

“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.