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Fresh Sheet – August 4, 2018

This week’s pupae shipment from Costa Rica includes Anartia fatima (Banded Peacock), a species we rarely get. We’re excited to welcome a batch this week.

Fresh Sheet – July 28, 2018

In this week’s Fresh Sheet we explain why butterflies and other pollinators may enjoy those withering blossoms on your garden plants, even if you don’t.

PacSci Podcast: Baby Naked Mole Rats Arrive

Pacific Science Center’s most famous residents would have to be our butterflies. Millions of guests have strolled through our Tropical Butterfly House over the years. But our naked mole rats generate the most puzzled questions from our guests, many of whom never heard...

Fresh Sheet – July 21, 2018

This week’s listing of new arrivals to our Tropical Butterfly House also explains why we don’t raise our own butterflies.

Fresh Sheet – July 14, 2018

This week, we continue to explore the pupal life stage of a butterfly with a discussion of pupa anatomy and what to look for in our emerging window.

Fresh Sheet – July 7, 2018

This week’s list of new arrivals at our Tropical Butterfly House includes information on when new butterflies emerge and why some pupae wiggle.

Fresh Sheet – June 30, 2018 Wiggling Pupae This week's pupae shipment from Suriname is already unpacked, pinned and hanging in the emerging window. When Animal Care staff were unpacking this shipment, we noticed a larger than normal amount of "wigglers", or...

Fresh Sheet – June 23, 2018

Our latest shipment of pupae includes one of the fastest species we have and a great example of sexual dimorphism with The Cruiser.