PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – May 5, 2018

by | May 5, 2018

Butterfly Guides at Pacific Science Center

Butterfly Guides at Pacific Science Center’s Tropical Butterfly House

Pacific Science Center has many butterfly species – upward of 100 different species fly in our Tropical Butterfly House over a year. In addition to listing them in each week’s Fresh Sheet, we provide a picture guide that features the most common species – the ones a guest would be most likely to see and identify during a visit. You can find this guide, in English and en Española, and now in a large print format (currently only in English). We ask you to enjoy your guide while visiting but when you are finished, please leave it for future guests. Butterflies that are not identified on the printed guides can be found in a directory accessed from the Science Interpreter stationed at the exit door inside the butterfly house.

In addition, our butterfly identification guides are available online as well.

Whether you prepare ahead or just come to experience the garden, please visit us soon!

Neotropical Insects NV

10 – Heraclides thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
20 – Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
10 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
30 – Dryas iulia (Julia Longwing)
7 – Agraulis vanillae (Gulf Fritillary)
40 – Catonephele orites (Orange-banded Shoemaker)
60 – Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock)
6 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
20 – Biblis hyperia (Red Rim)
50 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
20 – Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl)
22 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)
5 – 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.