PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – February 10, 2018

by | Feb 10, 2018

Morpho achilles (Blue-banded Morpho)

Morpho achilles (Blue-banded Morpho)

Most guests fall in love with Blue Morpho butterflies without realizing that the term refers to a group of butterflies, not a specific species. In fact, the genus Morpho contains over 175 species and subspecies from which we receive four. Morpho peleides, our most common Blue Morpho, is also known as the Peleides Blue Morpho or Common Morpho. This week’s shipment from Suriname contains the stunning Morpho achilles (Blue-banded Morpho) that displays distinctive black and blue bands on the dorsal surfaces of their wings. Can you spot both of them on your next visit to the Tropical Butterfly House? Stop by and check them out!

Neotropical Insects NV

16 – Battus polydamas (Polydamus Swallowtail)
10 – Heraclides thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
20 – Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
20 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
30 – Dryas iulia (Julia Longwing)
40 – Agraulis vanilla (Gulf Fritllary)
14 – Catonephele orites (Orange-banded Shoemaker)
20 – Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock)
10 – Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
40 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
10 – Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl)
10 – Mechanitis polymnia (Polymnia Tigerwing)
40 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)
20 – Morpho achilles (Blue-banded Morpho)

Total = 300


“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.