PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – June 9, 2018

by | Jun 9, 2018

Do you know what butterfly this is? Check our Observers’ Guide.

Do you know what butterfly this is? Check our Observers’ Guide.

This week’s shipment from Costa Rica is all about variety. There are 23 species of butterfly that are represented in just this one shipment! Only nine of these species are actually represented on our butterfly guides.

People often ask how many different butterflies we get in our Tropical Butterfly House. In 2017, we received pupae representing 104 different species of butterfly. So how do we choose which butterflies to feature in our Observers’ Guide? We try to have a wide range of different types of butterflies, including representatives from different families, subfamilies and genera. We also want to highlight the butterflies that get the most response from our guests, like the Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho) butterfly, which is part of this shipment.

We also like to include other butterflies that have a good story to tell, like the Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker), another member of this shipment that exhibits sexual dimorphism, where the male and female look drastically different as adults. Other butterflies only make it to our butterfly house seasonally, or in small numbers, or we’re just limited by the space in the guide. So we can’t feature them all. Since our guide includes species from all four of our different butterfly sources, you might also see something on the guide that isn’t in the house on your visit.

See what matching you can do with the guide on your next visit in, and be sure to check out our brand new Low Vision Butterfly Guides with larger pictures and text for those who are visually impaired.

Suministros Entimológicos Costarricenses, SA
CRES, Costa Rica

15 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
12 – Battus polydamas (Polydamus Swallowtail)
12 – Caligo eurilochus (Forest Giant Owl)
21 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
10 – Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
7 – Danaus plexippus (The Monarch)
3 – Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl)
15 – Greta oto (Glasswing)
7 – Hamadryas amphinome (Red Calico)
19 – Hamadryas februa (Gray Calico)
15 – Hamadryas laodamia (Starry Calico)
40 – Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)
27 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
15 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
13 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
33 – Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
15 – Opsiphanes tamarindi (Tamarind Owl)
15 – Papilio thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
8 – Parides arcas (Arcas Cattleheart)
10 – Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button)
5 – Rothschildea lebeau (Lebeau’s Rothschildea)
31 – Siproeta epaphus (Rusty-tipped Page)
10 – 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.