PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – September 2, 2017

by | Sep 2, 2017

Is this Heliconius melpomene (Postman) from Suriname or Costa Rica?

Is this Heliconius melpomene (Postman) from Suriname or Costa Rica?

This week we received an extra shipment of pupae from Suriname. Pupae originally headed for the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences cannot be delivered due to complications from Hurricane Harvey. Rather than strand the pupae in the delivery system, our vendor redirected Cockrell’s shipment to Pacific Science Center. Fortunately, our USDA butterfly permits are the same. We have heard from our colleagues at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences and they report that they are doing well, and had enough bandwidth to think about the well being of their pupae and express relief that they had found a new home. Read the HMNS Hurricane Harvey update here. To see these Suriname butterflies as well as this week’s scheduled shipment from Costa Rica, visit our Tropical Butterfly House soon!

Neotropical Insects NV

6 – Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
60 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
8 – Colobura dirce (Mosaic butterfly)
34 – Catonephele orites (Orange-banded Shoemaker)
71 – Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock)
15 – Hamadryas feronia (Variable Calico)
4 – Biblis hyperia (Red Rim)
63 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
6 – Mechanitis polymnia (Polymnia Tigerwing)
13 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)
20 – Morpho achilles (Blue-banded Morpho)

Total = 300

Suministros Entimológicos Costarricenses, SA
CRES Costa Rica

15 – Adelpha fessonia (Mexican Sister)
3 – Agraulis vanilla (Gulf Fritllary)
2 – Anteos chlorinde (White Angled Sulphur)
20 – Caligo eurilochus (Forest Giant Owl)
14 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
20 – Catonephele numilia (Halloween Butterfly)
20 – Greta oto (Glasswing)
15 – Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)
9 – Heliconius hewitsoni (Hewitson’s Longwing)
16 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
13 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
20 – Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
32 – Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho)
10 – Myscelia cyaniris (Blue Wave Butterfly)
3 – Opsiphanes tamarindi (Tamarind Owl)
35 – Papilio thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
15 – Parides iphidamas (Transandean Cattleheart)
15 – Siproeta epaphus (Rusty-tipped Page)
30 – 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.