PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – September 8, 2018

by | Sep 8, 2018

Inside the Tropical Butterfly House at Pacific Science Center

Beginning Monday, September 10, our Tropical Butterfly House will be closed for some very exciting improvements! In addition to the annual deep clean, we are swapping our entrance and exit doors to improve wayfinding and traffic flow. We hope this change will make it easier for new guests to find the Butterfly House and enhance everyone’s experience of the space.

In the meantime, this week’s pupae shipment from El Salvador will be hanging inside the emerging window with the butterflies being released as always. In fact, many chrysalides will still be metamorphosing when the butterfly house reopens on Saturday, September 15. Expect to see these and many other butterflies flying to greet you when you next visit.

During this closure, general admission tickets to Pacific Science Center will be discounted 20%.

Bioproductores de El Salvador
El Salvador

10 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
30 – Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
25 – Eurytides epidaus (Long-tailed Kite Swallowtail)
12 – Hamadryas atlantis (Black-patched Calico)
12 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
15 – Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
30 – Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
30 – Anaea eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing)
30 – Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
10 – Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)
30 – Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
15 – Papilio astyalas (Broad-banded Swallowtail)
12 – Papilio cresphontes (Giant Swallowtail)
30 – Papilio erostratus (Dusky Swallowtail)
10 – Papilio torquatus (Band-gapped Swallowtail)
10 – Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
10 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
10 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)
10 – Tithorea tarricina (Cream-Spotted Tigerwing)

Total = 341


“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.