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Fresh Sheet – September 23, 2017

by | Sep 23, 2017

Dryas julia, The Julia Longwing, a butterfly whose range spans through South and Central America and into the United States.

Dryas julia, The Julia Longwing, a butterfly whose range spans through South and Central America and into the United States.

Our shipment of butterflies this week comes to us from Suriname. Many of the butterflies that fill our house so beautifully originate from Central and South America and travel through the southern United States to reach us. Suriname, thankfully, hasn’t been hit by devastating hurricanes or earthquakes. Other areas where the same species of butterflies dot the landscapes have been hit hard by nature in the past few weeks. If you want to help people in the areas most impacted by the devastating hurricane and earthquake damage, please click the links below.

To donate to Puerto Rico following hurricanes Irma and Maria:
Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico
Caritas Puerto Rico
Maria & Irma: Puerto Rico Real-time Recovery Fund

To donate to Mexican earthquake victims:
Mexican Red Cross
Direct Relief
Fondo Unido México

Neotropical Insects NV
Suriname

45 – Battus polydamas (Polydamus Swallowtail)
15 – Heraclides thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
25 – Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
25 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
55 – Dryas iulia (Julia Longwing)
16 – Catonephele orites (Orange-banded Shoemaker)
25 – Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock)
10 – Hamadryas feronia (Variable Calico)
4 – Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
35 – Biblis hyperia (Red Rim)
20 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
20 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)
5 – Morpho achilles (Blue-banded Morpho)

Total = 300

 

“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 Butterflies@pacsci.org with details and your contact information.

 

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