PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – September 29, 2018

by | Sep 29, 2018

The Living Wall

(Left) The Living Wall in March. (Right) The Living Wall in September.

The next time you visit our Tropical Butterfly House, be sure to look up at the west wall to the right of the emerging window. Check out the growing progress of The Living Wall! After a mere six months, the burlap form is almost completely covered in foliage. Vines are winding their way upwards!

Look at all the different species of tropical plants, vines, bromeliads, orchids, and ferns that are growing together. Zoom in and observe butterflies fluttering from flower to flower in search of nectar and moisture. Finally, close your eyes and breathe in the different aromas that are produced by the soil and vegetation. Do you feel like you’re in a tropical land?

First imagined by Horticulturist Jillian Weed and then created with the help of Facilities Technician Gene Lewis, The Living Wall has become a beautiful addition to the butterfly house. Stop by and visit it soon!

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10 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
15 – Battus polydamas (Polydamus Swallowtail)
25 – Caligo eurilochus (Forest Giant Owl)
8 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
20 – Catonephele numilia (Halloween Butterfly)
10 – Danaus gilippus (Queen)
28 – Danaus plexippus (The Monarch)
11 – Eueiudes isabella (Isabella’s Longwing)
20 – Greta oto (Glasswing)
10 – Hamadryas februa (Gray Calico)
15 – Hamadryas fornax (Orange Calico)
15 – Hamadryas laodamia (Starry Calico)
8 – Heliconius cydno (Cydno Longwing)
10 – Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)
12 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
25 – Heliconius hewitsoni (Hewitson’s Longwing)
20 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
13 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
33 – Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho)
20 – Myscelia cyaniris (Blue Wave Butterfly)
8 – Parides arcas (Arcas Cattleheart)
8 – Parides iphidamas (Transandean Cattleheart)
29 – Siproeta stelenes (Malachite)

Total = 373


“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.

Adopt a Butterfly

Love the Tropical Butterfly House? Spread that love by adopting one of our beautiful winged creatures! Starting at just $50, your adoption will help care for the butterflies in the Tropical Butterfly House, and support of the hands-on science programming offered at Pacific Science Center. And, you’ll receive some exclusive benefits for your generosity.