PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – January 26, 2019

Jan 26, 2019

Jelly beans, dead leaves, and big drops of water. What do you see when you look at chrysalises in the emerging window?

Jelly beans, dead leaves, and big drops of water. What do you see when you look at chrysalises in the emerging window?

One of the fun things about unpacking a new shipment of butterfly chrysalises is the huge variety we see in the colors and shapes of the pupae. Some people like to relax and look at clouds, deciding what their imagination can see in the different shapes in the sky. I have fun with all the chrysalises, coming up with what other things I think they look like.

One of my favorites is the Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger). When I look at these cute little yellow, shiny chrysalises with black dots, all I see are jellybeans. Then there’s the Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly), which clearly looks just like a dead leaf. The Eurytide thybraeaus (White-crested Swallowtail)? Well, that looks like a little green snail to me. And then if I really use my imagination, the Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing) looks almost like a big drop of water.

Then of course there are lots of people who look into our emerging window and see all the hanging pupae and think they just look like a really nice bunch of earrings!

On your next visit to our Tropical Butterfly House, stop by the emerging window, take a look, and see what your imagination has to say about the soon-to-be butterflies. Be curious. You may see something totally surprising!

Bioproductores de El Salvador
El Salvador

35 – Anaea nobilis (Noble Leafwing)
35 – Anaea eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing)
7 – Battus belus (Belus Swallowtail)
35 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
20 – Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
20 – Eurytides thymbraeus (White-crested Swallowtail)
10 – Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
35 – Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
10 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
30 – Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
40 – Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
30 – Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
30 – Papilio erostratus (Dusky Swallowtail)
12 – Papilio torquatus (Band-gapped Swallowtail)
15 – Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
12 – Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
20 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)
20 – Tithorea tarricina (Cream-Spotted Tigerwing)

Total = 428


“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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