PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – March 3, 2018

by | Mar 3, 2018

Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)

Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)

In this week’s pupae shipment from Malaysia, we have 80 Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper) butterflies. These butterflies are one of the species that seem to confuse guests as to whether they’re looking at a butterfly or a moth. The Clipper can be fairly brown in color and almost always rests with its wings open. Those are two of the things that people tend to associate with moths; dull color and wings open at rest. In fact, there are many dull-colored butterfly species and although all moths have a body shape that essentially prevents them from closing their wings completely, some butterflies prefer this pose as well. But all moths are forced to rest with splayed wings. So, a good rule of thumb when trying to determine if you’re looking at a moth or a butterfly is: if the wings are closed, it is definitely a butterfly, but open wings could be either and you need some more information. See what brightly colored butterflies you can find with open wings in our Tropical Butterfly House today!

Penang Butterfly Farm

20 – Attacus atlas (Atlas Moth)
17 – Cethosia biblis (Red Lacewing)
70 – Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
9 – Cethosia hypsea (Malay Lacewing)
12 – Chilasa clytia (Common Mime)
27 – Hypolimnas bolina (Blue Moon)
30 – Idea leuconoe (Paper Kite)
20 – Lexias dirtea (Archduke)
20 – Papilio memnon (Great Memnon)
80 – Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)
30 – Tirumala septentrionis (Dark Blue Tiger)
45 – Vindula dejone (The Cruiser)

Total = 380


“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.