PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – November 3, 2018

Nov 3, 2018

Consul excellens (Black-veined Leafwing)

A new species for us! Consul excellens (Black-veined Leafwing) pupae will soon emerge.

In this week’s shipment of pupae, once again we have a species we’ve never received before. This newest species from El Salvador is Consul excellens (Black-veined Leafwing).

Guests may notice that Consul excellens is similar to its cousin Consul fabius (Tiger Leafwing) with a leaf-like form, wide stub tail, and camouflage appearance when its wings are closed. But once the butterfly opens its wings to fly, the differences are noticeable. The Black-veined Leafwing displays thick black veins on a light orange field.

Currently, we have no photos of Black-veined Leafwings but they will emerge and be flying soon. Grab your camera and come visit our Tropical Butterfly House. Along with many other beautiful butterflies this week, our newest species will greet you!

Bioproductores de El Salvador
El Salvador

30 – Anaea eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing)
14 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
25 – Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
30 – Consul excellens (Black-veined Leafwing)
30 – Eurytides epidaus (Long-tailed Kite Swallowtail)
30 – Eurytides thymbraeus (White-crested Swallowtail)
10 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
25 – Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
15 – Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
10 – Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
40 – Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)
35 – Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
40 – Papilio cresphontes (Giant Swallowtail)
40 – Papilio erostratus (Dusky Swallowtail)
12 – Parides iphidamas (Transandean Cattleheart)
10 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
7 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)
10 – Tithorea tarricina (Cream-Spotted Tigerwing)

Total = 413

“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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