PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – April 7, 2018

by | Apr 7, 2018

Morpho achilles (Blue-banded Morpho) enjoying a Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzeranum).

Morpho achilles (Blue-banded Morpho) enjoying a Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzeranum).

In this week’s pupae shipment from Suriname, there are ten Morpho Achilles. This reminds us to look for the rapidly developing relationship between this species (as well as other butterflies) and specific flowers.

For example: in our Tropical Butterfly House we normally see Morpho butterflies eating juices from rotting fruit. But have you noticed that they’re also drawn to the Flamingo Flower (Anthurium scherzeranum) on the new Living Wall? It seems the spikey spadix of the Flamingo Flower exude thick nectar that the Morphos enjoy. These and other butterflies may also be seen drinking water with dissolved minerals from the Wall’s planting medium. Come see our Living Wall next time you visit. What plant/butterfly relationships do you notice?

Neotropical Insects NV

10 – Battus polydamas (Polydamus Swallowtail)
30 – Heraclides thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
30 – Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
5 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
10 – Heliconius sara (Sara Longwing)
5 – Dryas iulia (Julia Longwing)
10 – Agraulis vanilla (Gulf Fritllary)
40 – Catonephele orites (Orange-banded Shoemaker)
40 – Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock)
10 – Biblis hyperia (Red Rim)
40 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
15 – Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl)
5 – Mechanitis polymnia (Polymnia Tigerwing)
40 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)
10 – 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.