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Fresh Sheet – April 6, 2019

by | Apr 6, 2019

Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock)

Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock)

While we are awaiting a shipment from Suriname containing three hundred pupae to add to our Tropical Butterfly House, we wanted to feature Biblis hyperia, commonly known as the Red Rim.

We talk a lot about mimicry, but not often about unique butterflies. And this species is one of a kind. It is the only species in its genus and the only butterfly with the combination of size, shape and color. It is a solitary butterfly that likes disturbed edges of rainforests, or open clearings. While resting on the foliage males tend to continuously fan their wings, but in flight they are slow and deliberate, showing off the beautiful red band that got the species its name.

Come by our Tropical Butterfly House this weekend and see if you can spot a glimmer of red fluttering nearby.

Neotropical Insects NV

30 – Battus polydamas (Polydamas Swallowtail)
20 – Heraclides thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
30 – Dryas julia (Julia Longwing)
15 – Catonephele orites (Orange-banded Shoemaker)
70 – Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock)
40 – Archaeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
70 – Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
15 – Eryphanes polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl)
10 – Mechanitis polymnia (Polymnia Tigerwing)

Total: 300


“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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