PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – August 25, 2018

by | Aug 25, 2018

Dryas julia (Julia longwing) enjoying nectar from withered flowers Egyptian Star Cluster (Pentas lanceolata).

Dryas julia (Julia longwing) enjoying nectar from withered flowers Egyptian Star Cluster (Pentas lanceolata).

One of the butterflies in our shipment this week from Suriname is the Dryas julia (Julia longwing). This species has a long life, and the males have a high need for supplemental minerals in order to remain reproductively fit as they age. They are avid visitors to mud puddles and other sources of minerals, including famously drinking liquid ‘tears’ from the eyes of turtles. Next time you’re in the butterfly house, look for some of these butterflies hanging out by our ponds, or on wet spots on the floor.

Neotropical Insects NV

65 – Battus polydamas (Polydamus Swallowtail)
10 – Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
10 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
50 – Dryas iulia (Julia Longwing)
35 – Catonephele orites (Orange-banded Shoemaker)
50 – Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock)
50 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
10 – Biblis hyperia (Red Rim)
5 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
5 – Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl)
10 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)

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.