PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – December 29, 2018

by | Dec 29, 2018

Papilio cresphontes (Giant Swallowtail) is one of many of nature's ambassadors you'll see in our Tropical Butterfly House.

Papilio cresphontes (Giant Swallowtail) is one of many of nature’s ambassadors you’ll see in our Tropical Butterfly House.

The last pupae shipment of the 2018 comes from our wonderful vendor Francisco Serrano in El Salvador. In addition to the shipment, Francisco sends his best wishes for the New Year in “A Toast to the Future” excerpted below.

Dear friends, colleagues, and companions:

We are fully aware that this has not been an easy year. It has been a year with concerns, tensions, and problems. We have been viewing a world that does not seem to be willing to reach a level of sanity so much needed for our short-term survival. And we all have worried a lot about our butterflies. But then again, there is always the brighter side.

We are all hoping and expecting that the rewards [of our work] will be our contributions to the appreciation of nature and an increased worldwide desire for greater conservation. For we have in our hands a group of organisms that are very hard to beat as ambassadors for such goals. With so much warmth and good will even in moments of disagreement and sharp differences, we stand to make a home run in this final game for our survival as a planet.

Our deepest wish from El Salvador is that the coming year may be one of great achievements and happiness.

Bioproductores de El Salvador
El Salvador

15 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
15 – Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
4 – Battus lycidas (Cramer’s Swallowtail)
30 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
20 – Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
15 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
30 – Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
15 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
30 – Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
30 – Memphis eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing)
20 – Memphis nobilis (Noble Leafwing)
20 – Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
20 – Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)
30 – Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
30 – Papilio cresphontes (Giant Swallowtail)
30 – Papilio erostratus (Dusky Swallowtail)
10 – Papilio torquatus (Band-gapped Swallowtail)
10 – Siderone nemesis (Red-striped Leafwing)
15 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)
20 – Tithorea tarricina (Cream-Spotted Tigerwing)

Total = 409


“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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