PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – October 14, 2017

by | Oct 14, 2017

Euploea modesta (Magnificent Crow)

Euploea modesta (Magnificent Crow)


This week we are highlighting three different species of Malaysian butterflies from the genus Euploea: E. modesta, E. mulciber, and E. phaenareta. All of these species are milkweed butterflies from the subfamily, Danainae, the same as the Monarch butterfly. Of course, we don’t propagate milkweed plants in our Tropical Butterfly House, but keep an eye out for what flowers these lovely butterflies gravitate to. Look for their polka-dotted bodies. If you see a butterfly eating either from one of our plants or one of our food bowl offerings, simply snap a picture, upload it to Twitter or Instagram, and tag it with the hashtag #CitizenSci. We would love to collect your data and even help you identify your butterfly.

Penang Butterfly Farm

15 – Appias lyncida (Chocolate Albatros)
120 – Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
10 – Cethosia hypsea (Malay Lacewing)
10 – Euploea modesta (Magnificent Crow)
5 – Euploea mulciber (Striped Blue Crow)
30 – Euploea phaenareta (Great Crow)
45 – Hypolimnas bolina (Blue Moon)
88 – Idea leuconoe (Paper Kite)
15 – Lexias dirtea (Archduke)
120 – Parthenos sylvia violaceae (Violet Clipper)
12 – Tirumala septentrionis (Dark Blue Tiger)
120 – 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.