PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – December 15, 2018

by | Dec 15, 2018

Catonephele orites (Orange-banded Shoemaker)

Catonephele orites (Orange-banded Shoemaker)

As we approach the winter solstice, there could be no better time to enjoy these butterflies from Suriname, just north of the equator, where there are almost exactly twelve hours of daylight every day of the year. Come escape the dark, rainy winter days in our Tropical Butterfly House soon.

Neotropical Insects NV

35 – Battus polydamas (Gold Rim Swallowtail)
10 – Dryas iulia (Julia Longwing)
60 – Catonephele orites (Orange-banded Shoemaker)
75 – Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock)
5 – Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
8 – Biblis hyperia (Red Rim)
75 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
5 – Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl)
10 – Mechanitis polymnia (Polymnia Tigerwing)
10 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)

Total = 293


“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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