PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – October 28, 2017

by | Oct 28, 2017

Catonephele numilia (Halloween Butterfly)

Catonephele numilia (Halloween Butterfly)

This is the time of year when we celebrate the Halloween Butterfly, Catonephele numilia. Can you see how it got its name? However, the orange and black colors are only present in the male of the species as this member of the Nymphalidae family is sexually dimorphic – meaning the males are much different looking than the females.

Most of the year we refer to Catonephele numilia simply as Numilia although other common names are the Grecian Shoemaker, the Blue-frosted Banner, the Blue-frosted Catone, or the Stoplight Catone. One little butterfly has inspired so many common names. See why we always try to use the scientific names of butterflies? It can get confusing!

Stop by our Tropical Butterfly House this Halloween week and take a close look at these boo-tiful butterflies as well as the many other species we have flying.

Suministros Entimológicos Costarricenses, SA
CRES, Costa Rica

10 – Adelpha fessonia (Mexican Sister)
25 – Agraulis vanilla (Gulf Fritllary)
22 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
7 – Battus belus (Belus Swallowtail)
5 – Caligo atreus (Yellow-Edged Giant-Owl)
11 – Catonephele numilia (Halloween Butterfly)
8 – Danaus plexippus (The Monarch)
9 – Eueiudes isabella (Isabella’s Longwing)
30 – Greta oto (Glasswing)
13 – Hamadryas amphinome (Red Calico)
14 – Hamadryas feronia (Variable Calico)
15 – Hamadryas laodamia (Starry Calico)
21 – Heliconius cydno (Cydno Longwing)
15 – Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)
17 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
7 – Heliconius hewitsoni (Hewitson’s Longwing)
25 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
9 – Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
32 – Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho)
20 – Papilio thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
18 – Parides arcas (Arcas Cattleheart)
24 – Parides iphidamas (Transandean Cattleheart)
15 – Siproeta epaphus (Rusty-tipped Page)
10 – Siproeta stelenes (Malachite)

Total = 382


“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.