PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – January 19, 2019

by | Jan 19, 2019

Danaus plexippus (The Monarch)

Danaus plexippus (The Monarch)

This week’s pupae shipment from Costa Rica includes the beautiful Danaus plexippus (The Monarch). These butterflies should be emerging around the same time as Pacific Science Center brings back the popular IMAX movie, “Flight of the Butterflies.”

Come see them fly in our Tropical Butterfly House and then compare them to the Monarchs in the movie. Although the movie star Monarchs were filmed during their migration between the United States and Mexico, the butterflies from Costa Rica were raised in sustainable butterfly farms and they are non-migratory.

While Monarchs are found throughout much of the United States, they aren’t typically found in Western Washington and definitely not seen out-of-doors here in January! So your best chance to spot these black and orange beauties is in our Tropical Butterfly House.

Suministros Entimológicos Costarricenses, SA
CRES, Costa Rica

9 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
28 – Battus polydamas (Gold Rim Swallowtail)
5 – Caligo atreus (Yellow-Edged Giant-Owl) (Husky Butterfly)
30 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
19 – Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
18 – Danaus plexippus (The Monarch)
5 – Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl)
25 – Eueiudes isabella (Isabella’s Longwing)
20 – Greta oto (Glasswing)
25 – Heliconius cydno (Cydno Longwing)
44 – Heliconius doris (Doris Longwing)
18 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
25 – Heliconius hewitsoni (Hewitson’s Longwing)
20 – Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
35 – Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
15 – Papilio thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
11 – Siproeta epaphus (Rusty-tipped Page)
37 – Siproeta stelenes (Malachite)

Total = 389


“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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