PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – January 20, 2018

by | Jan 20, 2018

Opsiphanes tamarindi (Tamarind Owl)

Opsiphanes tamarindi (Tamarind Owl)

This week the pupae shipment from Costa Rica includes four species of butterflies that are popularly called “owls”: Brassolis isthmia (Small-spotted Owl), Caligo atreus (Yellow-Edged Giant-Owl), Caligo eurilochus (Forest Giant Owl), and Opsiphanes tamarindi (Tamarind Owl). These Lepidoptera are members of the Nymphalidae family – the brushfoot butterflies – and belong to the Brassolidae tribe. Owl caterpillars are a pest to the banana crops in Central America but when they emerge as butterflies in our Tropical Butterfly House they make a dramatic addition to the garden. Come see them soon!

Suministros Entimológicos Costarricenses, SA
CRES, Costa Rica

14 – Agraulis vanilla (Gulf Fritllary)
14 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
9 – Brassolis isthmia (Small-spotted Owl)
10 – Caligo atreus (Yellow-Edged Giant-Owl)
4 – Caligo eurilochus (Forest Giant Owl)
25 – Catonephele mexicana (Mexican Catone)
10 – Catonephele numilia (Halloween Butterfly) (Grecian Shoemaker)
30 – Danaus plexippus (The Monarch)
28 – Greta oto (Glasswing)
17 – Hamadryas februa (Gray Calico)
44 – Heliconius cydno (Cydno Longwing)
2 – Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)
16 – Heliconius hewitsoni (Hewitson’s Longwing)
20 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
2 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
10 – Heliconius sapho (Sapho Longwing)
10 – Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
33 – Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
15 – Opsiphanes tamarindi (Tamarind Owl)
29 – Papilio thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
16 – Siproeta stelenes (Malachite)

Total = 358

“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.