PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – July 22, 2017

by | Jul 22, 2017

Atlas Moth

Attacus atlas (Atlas Moth)

Whenever we get a pupa shipment with Atlas Moths (Attacus atlas) as we did this week from Malaysia, we love to feature them on our weekly Fresh Sheet. This week is no exception.

Recent visitors may notice that we still have a lone cocoon hanging in our Tropical Butterfly House emerging window. This last fellow from the May 27 shipment – along with three females hanging out in the emerging room – is experiencing diapause. They may emerge any day now.

In the meantime, enjoy this interesting link of “5 Awesome Facts About the Atlas Moth” then visit our Tropical Butterfly House and see these giant Lepidoptera in person!

Penang Butterfly Farm

30 – Attacus atlas (Atlas Moth)
5 – Catopsilia scylla (Orange Emigrant)
118 – Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
25 – Hypolimnas bolina (Blue moon)
50 – Idea leuconoe (Paper Kite)
10 – Lexias dirtea (Archduke)
20 – Papilio memnon (Great Memnon)
120 – Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)
12 – Precis atlites (Gray Pansy)
10 – Tirumala septentrionis (Dark Blue Tiger)
100 – Vindula dejone (The Cruiser)

Total = 500

“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.