PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – January 12, 2019

by | Jan 12, 2019

Two Blue Morphos: Morpho achilles (Blue-banded Morpho) and Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)

Two Blue Morphos: Morpho achilles (Blue-banded Morpho) and Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)

Included in this week’s shipment from Suriname are 30 Morpho achilles (Blue-banded Morpho) pupae. The following is a brief excerpt from the website about Blue Morpho butterflies:

It is a source of amusement to lepidopterists that the general public in Latin America always refers to every one of the Morpho species as if they were just one creature – “the Blue Morpho”. There are in fact at least 29 described species, possibly more, as the status of some subspecies is contended by certain taxonomists who consider they should be elevated to the rank of full species.

This particular Morpho can be distinguished by the Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho), which we get more frequently, by the bands of blue bordered by bands of black along each wing interior.

One notable exception to the “all Morphos are the same” belief is the Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho), a completely white butterfly who can’t be easily confused with its blue brethren.

Neotropical Insects NV

10 – Heraclides thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
10 – Dryas iulia (Julia Longwing)
50 – Agraulis vanillae (Gulf Fritillary)
20 – Catonephele orites (Orange-banded Shoemaker)
35 – Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock)
10 – Hamadryas amphinome (Red Calico)
10 – Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
50 – Biblis hyperia (Red Rim)
5 – Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl)
20 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)
30 – Morpho achilles (Blue-banded Morpho)

Total = 300


“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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