PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – December 9, 2017

by | Dec 9, 2017

Female Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)

Female Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)

In this week’s pupae shipment from Malaysia, we have three different species of lacewing butterflies represented: Cethosia biblis (Red Lacewing), Cethosia hypsea (Malay Lacewing) and Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing). The intricate patterns on the edges of these lovely butterflies’ wings give them their names.

Most species in the genus Cethosia are found primarily in southeastern Asia. Look for all three species but don’t be confused if you see even more than three different color patterns. These butterflies are also sexually dimorphic which means the male and female of each species have their own unique pattern.

Come visit our Tropical Butterfly House soon and see if you can spot both sexes of all three species. It’s pretty tricky!

Penang Butterfly Farm

10 – Catopsilia pyranthe (Mottled Emigrant)
70 – Catopsilia scylla (Orange Emigrant)
70 – Cethosia biblis (Red Lacewing)
95 – Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
40 – Cethosia hypsea (Malay Lacewing)
17 – Hypolimnas bolina (Blue Moon)
80 – Idea leuconoe (Paper Kite)
15 – Papilio memnon (Great Memnon)
90 – Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)
13 – Precis atlites (Gray Pansy)
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.