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Fresh Sheet – January 21, 2017

Here’s what’s new this week at Pacific Science Center’s Tropical Butterfly House. Greta oto’s scaleless wings don’t hinder these butterflies from migrating up to 12 miles a day. See them up close in our Tropical Butterfly House.

Naked Mole Rats Go Nationwide

Pacific Science Center sent 11 of our naked mole rats to Liberty Science Center in New Jersey to help set up a new colony there. Learn how this nationwide move was handled and how our little friends are doing on the other side of the country.

Fresh Sheet – January 7, 2017

The first pupae shipment of 2017 brings us many different species from the swallowtail family, Papilionidae. Swallowtails include members of Graphium, Papilio, Parides, and Troides genera. The next time you visit our Tropical Butterfly House, observe swallowtail...

Fresh Sheet – December 24, 2016

Butterfly Legs Everyone knows that insects have six legs but it is not uncommon to observe some butterflies with apparently only four legs. What's going on here? Most of the butterflies we feature in our Tropical Butterfly House belong to a large and diverse group...

Sea Cucumber Evisceration

The recent addition of a California sea cucumber (Parastichopus californicus) to Pacific Science Center's Puget Sound Salt Water Tide Pool compelled Living Exhibits Manager Sarah Moore to compose a poem for the Science Education staff. The poem is reprinted below. For...

Fresh Sheet – December 17, 2016

The emerging window in our Tropical Butterfly House is chock-full of pupae this week just in time for the holidays. Now is a good time to visit and spot your favorite butterfly species or fall in love with a new one. Bring your family, bring your camera, and join the...

Fresh Sheet – December 3, 2016

Mimicry alert! Among the many beautiful butterflies emerging this week in our Tropical Butterfly House are Heliconius melpomene (Postman) and Heliconius erato (Small Postman). These insects exhibit Müllerian mimicry, the evolutionary strategy where both species warn...

Fresh Sheet – November 19, 2016

Swallowtails This week we have a lot of Papilionidae (swallowtail) butterfly pupae. Representing this insect family are Battus belus, Battus polydamas, Eurytides epidaus, Eurytides thymbraeus, Heraclides anchisiades, Papilio erostratus, Papilio pilumnus, and Papilio...

Fresh Sheet – November 12, 2016

This week's featured butterfly species is Parthenos sylvia, (The Clipper). The Clipper is a forest butterfly and its behavior in the wild is not well documented. One of The Clipper's very striking characteristics is its rapid, unpredictable flight pattern. Clippers...

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