PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – August 19, 2017

by | Aug 19, 2017

Idea leuconoe

Idea leuconoe (Paper Kite)

This week’s pupae shipment includes a bunch of Idea leuconoe butterflies, also known as the Paper Kite butterfly. When we did a longevity study with them several years ago, we discovered Paper Kites living multiple months. These butterflies always look so peaceful in flight. Perhaps it’s that peaceful looking flight led to butterflies that still looked pristine at the end of their long lives.

Penang Butterfly Farm

35 – Appias libythea (Striped Albatros)
10 – Appias lyncida (Chocolate Albatros)
90 – Catopsilia scylla (Orange Emigrant)
20 – Cethosia biblis (Red Lacewing)
90 – Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
2 – Cethosia hypsea (Malay Lacewing)
3 – Lexias dirtea (Archduke)
60 – Hypolimnas bolina (Blue moon)
80 – Idea leuconoe (Paper Kite)
11 – Papilio memnon (Great Memnon)
2 – Papilio nephelus (Yellow Helen)
90 – Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)
20 – Precis atlites (Gray Pansy)
4 – Tirumala septentrionis (Dark Blue Tiger)
30 – Vindula dejone (The Cruiser)

Total = 550

“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.