PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – January 27, 2018

by | Jan 27, 2018

Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)

Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)

“Cold and windy weather” does that sound familiar? Our butterfly farmer in El Salvador writes to us that he is experiencing it there, too. For some species, low temperatures (4-8°C) coupled with dry winds create desiccating effects that are highly destructive to butterfly eggs, young larvae, and pupae as well as budding plants. While we will have close to the usual numbers of pupae, we will miss the Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho) butterflies that are the signature species of this farmer. Luckily, our farmer has been gradually increasing the number and variety of species offered, which they hope will help them through situations like this cold spell.

It’s always warm and cozy in our Tropical Butterfly House where we fly a great variety of colorful butterfly species. Stop by and visit them soon!

Bioproductores de El Salvador
El Salvador

15 – Anaea eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing)
25 – Battus belus (Belus Swallowtail)
35 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
20 – Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
5 – Heliconius charitonius (Zebra Longwing)
30 – Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
10 – Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
28 – Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
40 – Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
20 – Papilio erostratus (Dusky Swallowtail)
16 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
38 – Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button)
10 – Siderone nemesis (Red-striped Leafwing)
6 – Tithorea tarricina (Cream-Spotted Tigerwing)

Total = 298


“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.