PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – July 15, 2017

by | Jul 15, 2017

Smyrna blomfildia (Blomfeld's Beauty)

Smyrna blomfildia (Blomfeld’s Beauty)

This week we spotlight Smyrna blomfildia (Blomfeld’s Beauty) a butterfly species that can be found in Peru, Central America, Mexico, sometimes Southern Texas, and now in our Tropical Butterfly House! Of course, our pupae come from butterfly farms and are sustainably bred, raised, and shipped to us for all our guests to enjoy. Look for these “Beauties” feeding on fruit sways or roosting on tree trunks. Their intricately patterned wings are well camouflaged against tree bark. Visit us soon and see if you can find them.

Bioproductores de El Salvador

30 – Anaea eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing)
14 – Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
30 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
25 – Catonephele numilia (Halloween Butterfly)
30 – Eurytides thymbraeus (White-crested Swallowtail)
10 – Heliconius erato (Small Postman)
27 – Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
8 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
9 – Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
60 – Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho)
30 – Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)
30 – Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
11 – Smyrna blomfildia (Blomfeld’s Beauty)
25 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)

Total = 339


“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.