PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – February 23, 2019

by | Feb 23, 2019

Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)

Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)

This week we got a small number of Siderone nemesis, the Red-Striped Leafwing. Perhaps they are called nemesis because they don’t like to open their wings, which means photographers may find it challenging to capture their striking coloring. On the outside the Leafwing looks like a dry leaf, hence its common moniker. But the inner wings are full of color – red bands on an iridescent, blue-black background.

Come visit our Tropical Butterfly House soon and find the Red-Striped Leafwing amidst the greenery.

Bioproductores de El Salvador
San Salvador, El Salvador

30 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
30 – Catonephele numilia (Halloween Butterfly)
20 – Eurytides thymbraeus (White-Crested Swallowtail)
30 – Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
20 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
25 – Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
30 – Memphis eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing)
30 – Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
30 – Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)
30 – Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
25 – Papilio cresphontes (Giant Swallowtail)
20 – Papilio erostratus (Dusky Swallowtail)
10 – Papilio torquatus (Band-Gapped Swallowtail)
25 – Parides photinus (Pink-Spotted Cattleheart)
10 – Prepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
15 – Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button)
12 – Siderone nemesis (Red-Striped Leafwing)
25 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)
25 – Tithorea tarricina (Cream-Spotted Tigerwing)

Total: 442


“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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