PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – September 9, 2017

by | Sep 9, 2017

Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing) enjoying an Arabian Jasmine (Jasminium sambac) flower.

Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing) enjoying an Arabian Jasmine (Jasminium sambac) flower.

Recently, Living Exhibits Manager Sarah Moore shared this insight with her staff:

“I have made a delightful observation about Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing). This butterfly seems to be the one species that likes to nectar at (and nectars preferentially from) Jasmine flowers. I usually see two or three of them near the plant and one always seems to be drinking. I want to think they are attracted to the wonderful fragrance but I don’t really know. I know that I am.”

Next time you visit our Tropical Butterfly House, see if you spot some Harmonia Tigerwings or any other butterflies nectaring on the Arabian Jasmine (Jasminium sambac) flowers. Take the butterfly’s photo and post it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #Citizensci. We’ll add this information to our database of information to determine which butterflies prefer which plants.

Bioproductores de El Salvador

18 – Anaea eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing)
20 – Battus belus (Belus Swallowtail)
25 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
10 – Catonephele numilia (Halloween Butterfly)
12 – Doxocopa callianira (Callianira Emperor)
10 – Doxocopa laure (Silver Emperor)
30 – Eurytides thymbraeus (White-crested Swallowtail)
10 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
20 – Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
30 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
30 – Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
75 – Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho)
15 – Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)
25 – Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
15 – Papilio garamas (Magnificent Swallowtail)
15 – Archeoprepona antimache (White-spotted Prepona)
12 – Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button)
20 – Smyrna blomfildia (Blomfeld’s Beauty)
12 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)
22 – Tithorea tarricina (Cream-Spotted Tigerwing)

Total = 426


“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.