PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – August 4, 2018

by | Aug 4, 2018

Two Anartia fatima (Banded Peacock) butterflies [left] hanging out with an Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock) on a Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia millii) plant.

Two Anartia fatima (Banded Peacock) butterflies [left] hanging out with an Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock) on a Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia millii) plant.

This week’s pupae shipment from Costa Rica includes Anartia fatima (Banded Peacock). This species is one of the most common and visible in its range. It does well in disturbed habitat and open spaces which means it coexists well with people.

However, A. fatima goes through metamorphosis so quickly that farmers have to carefully plan how to raise it to the chrysalis stage and then ship it without having it emerge during transit. For this reason, it’s rather rare that we get them and we are excited to welcome a batch this week.

We often get their close relative, Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock) from Suriname. As both species have many of the same habits, look for them soaking up sunshine and drinking nectar on the Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia millii) plants in our Tropical Butterfly House.

Suministros Entimológicos Costarricenses, SA
CRES, Costa Rica

4 – Adelpha fessonia (Mexican Sister)
15 – Anartia fatima (Banded Peacock)
12 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
10 – Battus polydamas (Polydamus Swallowtail)
7 – Caligo atreus (Yellow-Edged Giant-Owl)
16 – Caligo eurilochus (Forest Giant Owl)
13 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
28 – Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
10 – Dryadula phaetusa (Banded Orange Heliconian)
15 – Eueiudes isabella (Isabella’s Longwing)
23 – Greta oto (Glasswing)
10 – Hamadryas amphinome (Red Calico)
5 – Hamadryas februa (Gray Calico)
7 – Hamadryas laodamia (Starry Calico)
20 – Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)
10 – Heliconius erato (Small Postman)
10 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
17 – Heliconius hewitsoni (Hewitson’s Longwing)
10 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
3 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
10 – Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
33 – Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
10 – Myscelia cyaniris (Blue Wave Butterfly)
5 – Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
7 – Opsiphanes tamarindi (Tamarind Owl)
7 – Parides arcas (Arcas Cattleheart)
2 – Phoebis philea (Orange Barred Sulfur)
16 – Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button)
7 – Rothschildea lebeau (Lebeau’s Rothschildea)
16 – 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.