PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – June 10, 2017

by | Jun 10, 2017

Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing) and Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho) resting or roosting?

Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing) and Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho) resting or roosting?

Did you know that most species of butterflies have certain times of day when they are active? The butterfly species that we receive at Pacific Science Center seem to overlap in activity during the day. Sometimes you will see one group settling down and another ‘shift’ of butterflies becoming active. Rest is just as important as eating for butterfly health.

For example, male Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho) butterflies usually fly from early morning till noon and then take a break for the afternoon. Females are in flight for a couple of hours right before and after noon. This lets the two groups meet and pair up, but also leaves time for each to find food and other resources at a time that there is no pressure to find a mate.

In our exhibit, Owl butterflies become active near the end of our open hours when most other species are starting to settle down and roost for the day. Look out for this shift in schedules if you happen to visit our Tropical Butterfly House after 4 p.m.

And next time you visit, why not make a note of which species are active – flying or eating? Are any butterflies resting? Be sure to take a photograph of the butterfly and post it to Instagram or Twitter with the #CitizenSci hashtag. We’d love to hear from you!

Suministros Entomológicos Costerricenses, S.A.
Costa Rica

16 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
12 – Biblis hyperia (Red Rim)
30 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
30 – Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
15 – Dryadula phaetusa (Banded Orange Heliconian)
20 – Eueudes isabella (Isabella’s Longwing
11 – Hamadryas amphinome (Red Calico)
10 – Hamadryas februa (Gray Calico)
20 – Heliconius cydno (Cydno Longwing)
15 – Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)
15 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
15 – Heliconius hewitsoni (Hewitson’s Longwing)
15 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
15 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
15 – Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
31 – Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho)
22 – Myselia cyaniris (Blue Wave Butterfly)
10 – Papilio thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
10 – Parides iphidamas (Transandean Cattleheart)
25 – 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.