PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – September 30, 2017

by | Sep 30, 2017

Siproeta stelenes (The Malachite)

Siproeta stelenes (The Malachite)

We feature many brightly colored butterflies and a few with brown and red markings like dead leaves. Siproeta stelenes (Malachite) is somewhat unusual in blending in with fresh green foliage, and for that reason it tends to get overlooked. But its subtle markings are quite distinctive. It likes to rest on the undersides of leaves with its wings hanging downward. Many butterflies have strong preferences for either fruit or nectar, but this species will eat either one, and in the wild has been seen feeding on a wide variety of liquids. Look for the Malachite hanging out in out Tropical Butterfly House the next time you visit!

Suministros Entimológicos Costarricenses, SA
CRES, Costa Rica

14 – Adelpha fessonia (Mexican Sister)
15 – Agraulis vanilla (Gulf Fritllary)
17 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
9 – Brassolis isthmia (Small-spotted Owl)
31 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
20 – Catonephele numilia (Halloween Butterfly)
31 – Danaus plexippus (The Monarch)
2 – Dryadula phaetusa (Banded Orange Heliconian)
4 – Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl)
15 – Greta oto (Glasswing)
8 – Hamadryas amphinome (Red Calico)
7 – Hamadryas laodamia (Starry Calico)
13 – Heliconius cydno (Cydno Longwing)
25 – Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)
4 – Heliconius erato (Small Postman)
13 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
10 – Heliconius hewitsoni (Hewitson’s Longwing)
22 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
20 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
32 – Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho)
8 – Opsiphanes quiteria (Scalloped Owl)
16 – Papilio thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
16 – 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.