PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – April 28, 2018

by | Apr 28, 2018

A male Lexias dirtea (Archduke) displaying the blue edges of its wings.

A male Lexias dirtea (Archduke) displaying the blue edges of its wings.

In this shipment, we have a sizeable quantity of Lexias dirtea (Archduke). This is a beautiful, fast flying butterfly with a high level of sexual dimorphism. The male is quite dark on its dorsal surface with a light blue on the distal edges, while the female is almost black with yellowish dots all over the wing. These butterflies are known to feed on rotten fruit, which in the butterfly house is found in fruit bowls, but in the wild would most likely be found on forest floors. The strong flight of these butterflies helps them fly away quickly when something comes along threatening to step on them while they feed. So next time you’re in the butterfly house keep your eye out for these awesome butterflies. Will you find them on a fruit dish, on the floor, or displaying their awesome flying power?

Penang Butterfly Farm

20 – Attacus atlas (Atlas Moth)
15 – Catopsilia pyranthe (Mottled Emigrant)
70 – Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
4 – Euploea mulciber (Striped Blue Crow)
16 – Hypolimnas bolina (Blue Moon)
50 – Idea leuconoe (Paper Kite)
50 – Lexias dirtea (Archduke)
10 – Papilio memnon (Great Memnon)
80 – Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)
70 – Tirumala septentrionis (Dark Blue Tiger)
65 – 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 with details and your contact information.