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Fresh Sheet – February 17, 2018

This week’s pupae shipment from Costa Rica contains 65 Danaus plexippus (The Monarch) butterflies, the star of the IMAX movie “Flight of the Butterflies 3D.”

Fresh Sheet – February 10, 2018

This week’s shipment features some of our favorite species of butterflies. If you enjoy seeing a lot of blue fluttering around our Tropical Butterfly House, this week’s shipment is for you.

Fresh Sheet – February 3, 2018

There are giants among us! And they will soon be flying in our Tropical Butterfly House. In addition to the often seen giant of the butterfly house, the Atlas Moth, this week’s shipment features another very large species of butterfly.

Fresh Sheet – January 27, 2018

"Cold and windy weather" does that sound familiar? Our butterfly farmer in El Salvador writes to us that he is experiencing it there, too. For some species, low temperatures (4-8°C) coupled with dry winds create desiccating effects that are highly destructive to...

Fresh Sheet – January 20, 2018

This week the Tropical Butterfly House pupae shipment from Costa Rica includes four species of butterflies that are popularly called “owls.”

Fresh Sheet – January 13, 2018

In this week’s pupae shipment from Suriname we are featuring the graceful Dryas iulia (Julia Longwing). A Neotropical species, Dryas iulia butterflies are now found breeding in the wild in parts of Thailand and Malaysia. The cause of the species invasion has been...

Fresh Sheet – January 6, 2018

The first pupae shipment of 2018 comes to us all the way from Malaysia. We’re starting off the year with a bunch of fan favorites, the Atlas Moths (Attacus atlas).

Fresh Sheet – December 30, 2017

Should Auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? An appropriate question for this week’s list of species emerging in our Tropical Butterfly House.

Fresh Sheet – December 23, 2017

Our pupae this week arrived from Costa Rica and butterflies will probably start emerging just in time for Christmas. Remember, Pacific Science Center closes at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and we're closed all day on Christmas. So if you want to see these beauties, stop by...