PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – October 27, 2018

by | Oct 27, 2018

Pupae packed for shipment were collected by many different butterfly farmers in diverse regions of the country.

Pupae packed for shipment were collected by many different butterfly farmers in diverse regions of the country.

From Costa Rica this week, we have 29 different species represented in the single shipment! Overall, we get the most diversity from our Costa Rica vendors. This may be related to how the different suppliers farm their pupae.

Most of our vendors are also the farmers of the butterflies, whereas Costa Rica works with a bunch of different farmers around the country that work together to create the total shipment. Costa Rica has a lot of regions with unique habitats so they have massive species diversity to draw on.

The variety of species we receive also reflects what butterflies are in season in each home country. So even though the seasons don’t change in our Tropical Butterfly House, the current butterflies flying here reflect the seasonal changes of their country of origin.

Suministros Entimológicos Costarricenses, SA
CRES, Costa Rica

10 – Agraulis vanillae (Gulf Fritillary)
8 – Anteos chlorinde (White Angled Sulphur)
6 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
8 – Battus belus (Belus Swallowtail)
12 – Battus polydamas (Gold Rim Swallowtail)
5 – Caligo atreus (Yellow-Edged Giant-Owl)
15 – Caligo eurilochus (Forest Giant Owl)
10 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
9 – Catonephele numilia (Halloween Butterfly)
17 – Danaus plexippus (The Monarch)
13 – Dryadula phaetusa (Banded Orange Heliconian)
10 – Eueiudes isabella (Isabella’s Longwing)
16 – Greta oto (Glasswing)
7 – Hamadryas feronia (Variable Calico)
6 – Hamadryas laodamia (Starry Calico)
10 – Heliconius cydno (Cydno Longwing)
9 – Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)
11 – Heliconius erato (Small Postman)
11 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
20 – Heliconius hewitsoni (Hewitson’s Longwing)
14 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
17 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
33 – Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
11 – Myscelia cyaniris (Blue Wave Butterfly)
10 – Papilio cresphontes (Giant Swallowtail)
10 – Papilio thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
22 – Parides iphidamas (Transandean Cattleheart)
10 – Siproeta epaphus (Rusty-tipped Page)
18 – 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.

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