PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – February 17, 2018

by | Feb 17, 2018

Danaus plexippus (The Monarch) star of "Flight of the Butterflies 3D"

Danaus plexippus (The Monarch) star of “Flight of the Butterflies 3D”

This week’s pupae shipment from Costa Rica contains 65 Danaus plexippus (The Monarch) butterflies, the star of the IMAX movie “Flight of the Butterflies 3D now showing at Pacific Science Center. This popular film is back to tell the story of Dr. Fred Urquhart’s 40-year research into Monarch butterfly migration. It’s a great detective story!

After viewing the movie, be sure to visit our Tropical Butterfly House and perhaps watch a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis in the Emerging Window or see if you can spot them flying from flower to flower. Be assured that like all the butterflies we acquire, the Monarchs we get are sustainably farmed and therefore are not taken from a wild, migrating population. So come, relax, and enjoy the shows!

Suministros EntimolXgicos Costarricenses, SA
CRES, Costa Rica

15 – Adelpha fessonia (Mexican Sister)
5 – Caligo atreus (Yellow-Edged Giant-Owl)
14 – Caligo eurilochus (Forest Giant Owl)
7 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
36 – Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
65 – Danaus plexippus (The Monarch)
20 – Greta oto (Glasswing)
8 – Hamadryas laodamia (Starry Calico)
55 – Heliconius cydno (Cydno Longwing)
10 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
9 – Heliconius hewitsoni (Hewitson’s Longwing)
10 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
33 – Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
25 – Myscelia cyaniris (Blue Wave Butterfly)
13 – Papilio thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
10 – Siproeta epaphus (Rusty-tipped Page)
23 – 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.