PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – May 27, 2017

by | May 27, 2017

Vindula dejone

Vindula dejone (The Cruiser) checking out Lantana camara (Shrub verbena) in our Tropical Butterfly House.

Most people visit our Tropical Butterfly House to see colorful and amazing butterflies. But some guests come to enjoy the lush flowers and tropical plants as well. One of the most prolifically flowering bushes in our garden is Lantana camara (Shrub verbena). Originally native to Central and South America, this shrub can now be found in tropical areas around the world as it has become a successful invasive species.

Many of our tropical butterflies can be found nectaring on Lantana flowers. If you happen to see nectaring activity on your next visit, why not take a photo and upload it to Instagram or Twitter with the #CitizenSci hashtag? If you like, identify the plant and butterfly species or let Pacific Science Center’s Living Exhibits staff respond on social media. We’d love to hear from you!

Penang Butterfly Farm

30 – Attacus atlas (Atlas Moth)
94 – Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
38 – Hypolimnas bolina (Blue moon)
90 – Idea leuconoe (Paper Kite)
2 – Papilio memnon (Great Memnon)
90 – Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)
6 – Tirumala septentrionis (Dark Blue Tiger)
90 – Vindula dejone  (The Cruiser)

Total = 440

“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.