PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – July 8, 2017

by | Jul 8, 2017

Tropical Butterfly House at Pacific Science Center

Included in this week’s beautiful bunch of butterflies is the Adelpha fessonia also known by its common name Mexican Sister or Band-celled Sister. This is a new butterfly to our Tropical Butterfly House, so we don’t yet have any pictures of it flying through foliage. Butterflies of the genus Adelpha, are known as the “Sisters” due to the white markings on their wings which are thought to resemble a nun’s habit. While this butterfly came to us from Costa Rica, they have U.S. relatives including the Arizona Sister and the California Sister. What do their wing patterns remind you of?

Suministros Entimológicos Costarricenses, SA
CRES Costa Rica

6 – Adelpha fessonia (Mexican Sister)
15 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
16 – Battus belus (Belus Swallowtail)
32 – Caligo eurilochus (Forest Giant Owl)
16 – Catonephele mexicana (Mexican Catone)
32 – Danaus plexippus (The Monarch)
16 – Dryadula phaetusa (Banded Orange Heliconian)
9 – Greta oto (Glasswing)
16 – Hamadryas amphinome (Red Calico)
12 – Hamadryas februa (Gray Calico)
14 – Hamadryas laodamia (Starry Calico)
15 – Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)
16 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
16 – Heliconius hewitsoni (Hewitson’s Longwing)
16 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
14 – Heliconius sapho (Sapho Longwing)
32 – Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho)
12 – Myscelia cyaniris (Blue Wave Butterfly)
16 – Parides iphidamas (Transandean Cattleheart)
16 – Siproeta epaphus (Rusty-tipped Page)
15 – 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.