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Fresh Sheet – March 31, 2018

by | Mar 31, 2018

Catopsilia pyranthe (Mottled Emigrant) can be found in our Tropical Butterfly House this week.

Catopsilia pyranthe (Mottled Emigrant) can be found in our Tropical Butterfly House this week.

Pieris rapae (Cabbage White Butterfly) can soon be found in local gardens.

Pieris rapae (Cabbage White Butterfly) can soon be found in local gardens. Can you see the difference?

In this week’s pupae shipment from Malaysia there are three different representatives from our least featured butterfly family: Family, Pieridae. Pieridae butterflies are known as the Whites and Sulphurs because of the dominant colors represented in the adults of this group. The butterflies are generally quite small, too. One of the most well known members of this group is the Pieris rapae (Cabbage White Butterfly), which you can probably find in your neighborhood this spring and summer.

Next time you’re visiting our Tropical Butterfly House and you spot a small yellow or white butterfly, you’re probably looking at one of these three species: Catopsilia pyranthe (Mottled Emigrant), Appias libythea (Striped Albatross), or Appias lyncida (Chocolate Albatross). Come by and check them out!

Penang Butterfly Farm
Malaysia

10 – Appias libythea (Striped Albatross)
10 – Appias lyncida (Chocolate Albatross)
30 – Attacus atlas (Atlas Moth)
20 – Catopsilia pyranthe (Mottled Emigrant)
50 – Cethosia biblis (Red Lacewing)
80 – Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
4 – Euploea mulciber (Striped Blue Crow)
35 – Hypolimnas bolina (Blue Moon)
2 – Lexias dirtea (Archduke)
7 – Papilio memnon (Great Memnon)
80 – Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)
42 – Tirumala septentrionis (Dark Blue Tiger)
80 – Vindula dejone (The Cruiser)

Total = 450

“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 Butterflies@pacsci.org with details and your contact information.

 

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