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Fresh Sheet – March 30, 2019

by | Mar 30, 2019

Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)

Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)

This week our shipment comes from Malaysia.

We are getting 90 Parthenos sylvia, more commonly known as the Clipper.

This butterfly has long baffled our care team. It is very fond of water, which typically means it either sits on damp flooring of our butterfly house or falls into the ponds – both being very risky behaviors.

Recently our horticulture team has started heavily watering the foliage before opening. While this was done with the goal of helping with plant health and controlling certain pest species, it has also had a bonus effect of providing watering spots for these thirsty butterflies, thus improving their health and longevity.

Come by our Tropical Butterfly House this weekend to see the butterflies bask in the sunshine.

Penang Butterfly Farm
Penang, Malaysia

20 – Catopsilia pyrathe (Mottled Emigrant)
50 – Catopsilia scylla (Orange Emigrant)
90 – Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
10 – Chilasa clytia (Common Mime)
22 – Danaus vulgaris (Blue Glassy Tiger)
10 – Euploea mulciber (Striped Blue Crow)
5 – Euploea phaenareta (Giant Crow)
50 – Idea leuconoe (Paper Kite)
90 – Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)
13 – Tirumala septentrionis (Dark Blue Tiger)
90 – Vindula dejone (The Cruiser)

Total: 450


“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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