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Fresh Sheet – April 14, 2018

by | Apr 14, 2018

From left: Heliconius melpomene (The Postman), Danaus plexippus (The Monarch), Papilio thoas (Thoas Swallowtail), Siproeta stelenes (Malachite), Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho), and  Caligo atreus (Yellow-Edged Giant Owl).

From left: Heliconius melpomene (The Postman), Danaus plexippus (The Monarch), Papilio thoas (Thoas Swallowtail), Siproeta stelenes (Malachite), Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho), and Caligo atreus (Yellow-Edged Giant Owl).

Our butterflies this week have come to us from Costa Rica and they are just in time for Spring Fling! Just like the gorgeous tulips that are blooming all over our courtyard, this week’s shipment displays a full rainbow of color. Starting with red, look for the Heliconius melpomene (Postman). Orange is on full display with the Danaus plexippus (The Monarch). Yellow is best represented by Papilio thoas (Thoas Swallowtail), while green is the domain of Siproeta stelenes (Malachite). Our rainbow is rounded out with the brilliant blue of the Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho), and the vibrant purple open-winged view of the Caligo atreus (Yellow-Edged Giant-Owl). What colors will you see on your next visit?

Suministros Entimológicos Costarricenses, SA
CRES, Costa Rica

10 – Agraulis vanillae (Gulf Fritillary)
11 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
5 – Caligo atreus (Yellow-Edged Giant-Owl)
11 – Caligo eurilochus (Forest Giant Owl)
15 – Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
27 – Danaus plexippus (The Monarch)
20 – Dryadula phaetusa (Banded Orange Heliconian)
5 – Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl)
20 – Greta oto (Glasswing)
30 – Heliconius cydno (Cydno Longwing)
15 – Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)
15 – Heliconius erato (Small Postman)
30 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
22 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
9 – Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
33 – Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho)
15 – Papilio thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
10 – Parides arcas (Arcas Cattleheart)
15 – Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button)
5 – Rothschildia lebeau (Lebeau’s Rothschildia)
23 – Siproeta epaphus (Rusty-tipped Page)
12 – 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 Butterflies@pacsci.org with details and your contact information.

 

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