Friday, October 31, 2014
Carved mini-pumpkins filled with nutritional dough for our naked mole rats.
Jack o’ lanterns made from persimmons for our tropical butterflies.
Naked Mole Rat Cam. There’s always a party going on in their house!
Monday, October 27, 2014
Prior to molting, a tarantula builds a silk nest and lies down on her back in the middle of it. She appears to be in her death throes, but then with almost impossible effort, she bursts her way out of the old skin, revealing a velvety, fresh new spider underneath.
For several hours after molting, the spider is totally helpless. Her new exoskeleton needs to expand and harden. Since spiders usually support their full weight on their legs, this is a problem; her legs are too weak to support her body. The tarantula must stay on her back until her legs are strong enough to support her body.
The lighter colored form, on the right, is Roslyn's old skin, lying empty beside her.
In related arachnid news, a newly discovered species of tarantula from the Amazon has been named after a Beatle. Imagine!
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Neotropical Insects NV
40 - Battus polydamas (Polydamus Swallowtail)
25 - Heraclides thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
20 - Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
40 - Dryas iulia (Julia Longwing)
40 - Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock)
20 - Biblis hyperia (Red Rim)
40 - Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
40 - Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl)
05 - Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)
Total = 270
Bioproductores de El Salvador
18 - Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
25 - Battus belus (Belus Swallowtail)
10 - Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
25 - Catonephele numilia (Numilia)
09 - Eurytides phaon (Red-sided Swallowtail)
20 - Eurytides thymbraeus(White-crested Swallowtail)
20 - Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
20 - Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
20 - Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
10 - Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
20 - Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)
25 - Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
20 - Papilio erostratus (Dusky Swallowtail)
25 - Papilio torquatus (Band-gapped Swallowtail)
08 - Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
25 - Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button)
05 - Siderone nemesis (Red-striped Leafwing)
Total = 305
Grand Total = 575
“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.
Posted by Terry at 8:00 AM
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Of course, faking death is a defense mechanism for Blue death-feigning beetles. However, when it comes to tricking the people who take care of you, that strategy may not always work in your favor.