PacSci Perspectives


Fresh Sheet – March 23, 2019

by | Mar 23, 2019

Catonephele numilia (Halloween Butterfly)

Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)

This week our shipment arrives from El Salvador, and included among the 439 pupae on its way to us, is a large number of Catonephele numilia. Any time we get butterflies of this genus, we are getting a 2-for-1 deal when it comes to colorful wing patterns.

Males have inky-black inner wings, with large spots of brilliant orange. Females have a more muted brown or black background with bands of yellow. We can actually sex them as pupae in the last couple of days before they emerge. As the wings fully form and develop pigment, the spots or stripes are dimly visible through the thin skin of the chrysalis.

Stop by our Tropical Butterfly House this weekend and take a look at all the new butterflies fluttering from flower to flower.

Bioproductores de El Salvador
San Salvador, El Salvador

25 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
40 – Catonephele numilia (Grecian Shoemaker)
40 – Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
20 – Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
30 – Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
25 – Memphis eurypyle (Pointed Leafwing)
20 – Memphis nobilis (Noble Leafwing)
50 – Morpho peleides (Peleides Blue Morpho)
50 – Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)
35 – Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
40 – Papilio erostratus (Dusky Swallowtail)
14 – Parides montezuma (Montezuma’s Cattleheart)
15 – Parides photinus (Pink-Spotted Cattleheart)
10 – Prepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
15 – Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)
10 – Tithorea tarricina (Cream-Spotted Tigerwing)

Total: 439

“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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