PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – May 12, 2018

by | May 12, 2018

Adelpha fessonia (Mexican Sister)

Adelpha fessonia pondering its first flight in our Tropical Butterfly House.

This week we are featuring the beautiful Adelpha fessonia (Mexican Sister) from our Costa Rica pupae shipment. Butterflies of the genus Adelpha are known as the “sisters” because of the white markings on their wings. Some think this pattern resembles a nun’s habit. What do you think?

In the wild, Adelpha fessonia can be found from Panama to Mexico and even in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. However, you can see this and many other species now in our Tropical Butterfly House. Come visit us soon!

Suministros Entimológicos Costarricenses, SA
CRES, Costa Rica

20 – Adelpha fessonia (Mexican Sister)
17 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
15 – Caligo eurilochus (Forest Giant Owl)
13 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
46 – Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
10 – Danaus plexippus (The Monarch)
5 – Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl)
16 – Greta oto (Glasswing)
33 – Heliconius cydno (Cydno Longwing)
46 – Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)
25 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
16 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
33 – Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
17 – Papilio thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
5 – Parides arcas (Arcas Cattleheart)
10 – Rothschildea lebeau (Lebeau’s Rothschildea)
9 – Siproeta epaphus (Rusty-tipped Page)
22 – 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 with details and your contact information.