PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – December 30, 2017

by | Dec 30, 2017

Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner's Prepona)

Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)

Should Auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind?

Nineteen years ago on December 26, our Tropical Butterfly House opened. We have grown and changed a lot since then but we still feature some species that would have been familiar from that first visit. There are also lots of new species that our farmers have learned to raise in the last few decades. In some cases, these new species were barely studied when the Butterfly House opened but now their dietary needs and behaviors are well understood. In other cases, special conservation projects arose for a species and sale of their pupae helps pay to raise and release more of them.

Here are this week’s pupae: some newer friends and some who have stood the test of time. The species highlighted in yellow are some of those “auld acquaintances” from 1998, whom we hope to never leave behind.

Bioproductores de El Salvador
El Salvador

25 – Anaea eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing)
10 – Battus belus (Belus Swallowtail)
25 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
30 – Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
9 – Doxocopa callianira (Callianira Emperor)
12 – Doxocopa laure (Silver Emperor)
25 – Eurytides thymbraeus (White-crested Swallowtail)
6 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
40 – Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
4 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
16 – Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
20 – Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho)
40 – Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)
35 – Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
30 – Papilio torquatus (Band-gapped Swallowtail)
10 – Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
10 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
10 – Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button)
15 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)
20 – Tithorea tarricina (Cream-Spotted Tigerwing)

Total = 392


“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.