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Fresh Sheet – September 15, 2018

by | Sep 15, 2018

The male Lexias dirtea (Archduke) is one of hundreds of butterflies you may see on your next visit to our Tropical Butterfly House.

The male Lexias dirtea (Archduke) is one of hundreds of butterflies you may see on your next visit to our Tropical Butterfly House.

After a short closing this past week, our Tropical Butterfly House reopens today with some exciting changes! Returning guests will first notice a new, welcoming entrance space; the former exit is now the entrance and vice-versa.

Upon entering, discover changes in the plantings that open up the garden space to allow more light to pour in. Horticulturist Jillian Weed and her hardworking crew have provided abundant nectar plants and many enhancements to the Living Wall.

Although the butterflies may appear to be more plentiful, we actually cut back on pupae shipments during the butterfly house renovations, proving that some species can be quite long-lived. And of course, we now have a full window of pupae this week from Malaysia listed below.

Come visit us soon and see all the new improvements to our Tropical Butterfly House.

Penang Butterfly Farm
Malaysia

10 – Attacus atlas (Atlas Moth)
6 – Catopsilia pyranthe (Mottled Emigrant)
50 – Catopsilia scylla (Orange Emigrant)
36 – Cethosia biblis (Red Lacewing)
8 – Lexias dirtea (Archduke)
13 – Papilio memnon (Great Memnon)
93 – Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)
3 – Precis almana (Peacock Pansy)
17 – Precis atlites (Gray Pansy)
100 – Vindula dejone (The Cruiser)

Total = 336

 

“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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