PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – September 16, 2017

by | Sep 16, 2017

Ivysaur, the topiary iguana

Ivysaur, the topiary iguana

When you enter the butterfly house this week, you might notice some changes to your environment. The Tropical Butterfly House has been closed all week long for horticulture and facilities improvements. The plants are freshly pruned and some have been relocated, our netting that ensures the security of the butterflies has been replaced with even stronger material, and all of our large light bulbs have been replaced, making the butterflies look even more vibrant.

We’ve also added a new friend to the butterfly house. Meet Ivysaur, a moss-covered topiary iguana, constructed by a summer horticulture intern. Come see all the changes and this group of new butterflies from Malaysia!

Penang Butterfly Farm

80 – Catopsilia scylla (Orange Emigrant)
10 – Cethosia biblis (Red Lacewing)
99 – Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
35 – Danaus vulgaris (Blue Glassy Tiger)
4 – Euploea mulciber (Striped Blue Crow
12 – Hypolimnas bolina (Blue moon)
70 – Idea leuconoe (Paper Kite)
15 – Lexias dirtea (Archduke)
5 – Papilio memnon (Great Memnon)
90 – Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)
80 – Tirumala septentrionis (Dark Blue Tiger)
90 – Vindula dejone (The Cruiser)

Total = 590

“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.