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Fresh Sheet – May 19, 2018

by | May 19, 2018

Three of the four tiger wing mimic butterflies from this week's shipment: Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing), Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing), and Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger).

Three of the four tiger wing mimic butterflies from this week’s shipment: Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing), Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing), and Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger).

This week we are delighted to find four species of tiger wing mimics within our pupae shipment from El Salvador. These orange and black butterflies – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing), Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing), Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger), and Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing) – have evolved to deceive predators by imitating the appearance of unpalatable or poisonous butterfly species.

Want to learn about how butterfly mimicry was discovered? Then check out the IMAX movie “Amazon Adventures 3D,” now playing. Afterwards visit our Tropical Butterfly House and see if you can identify these fascinating species.

Bioproductores de El Salvador
El Salvador

30 – Anaea eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing)
20 – Battus belus (Belus Swallowtail)
30 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
30 – Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
10 – Eurytides epidaus (Long-tailed Kite Swallowtail)
25 – Eurytides thymbraeus (White-crested Swallowtail)
10 – Heliconius charitonius (Zebra Longwing)
10 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
15 – Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
15 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
25 – Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
30 – Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
40 – Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)
30 – Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
10 – Papilio astyalas (Broad-banded Swallowtail)
30 – Papilio torquatus (Band-gapped Swallowtail)
10 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
15 – Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
25 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)

Total = 410

 

“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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