Saturday, March 28, 2015

Fresh Sheet – March 28, 2015

Some butterflies display different colors on their dorsal sides from their ventral sides. Some butterflies look the same on both sides. Why is that? Butterfly coloration is one of the beauties and mysteries of Lepidoptera. Explore the differences at our Tropical Butterfly House.



Bioproductores de El Salvador

06 - Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
25 - Battus belus (Belus Swallowtail)
20 - Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
25 - Catonephele numilia (Numilia)
20 - Heliconius charitonius (Zebra Longwing)
10 - Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
25 - Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
25 - Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
12 - Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
20 - Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)
25 - Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
25 - Papilio androgeus (Queen Page)
25 - Papilio torquatus (Band-gapped Swallowtail)
12 - Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
20 - Parides montezuma (Montezuma Cattleheart)
12 - Parides photinus (Queen of Hearts)
10 - Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)

Total = 317

“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.


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Monday, March 23, 2015

Welcome, Iggy!

We are very excited to announce Pacific Science Center’s newest resident: Iggy, a green iguana (Iguana iguana). The Animal Care team has been working with Seattle Animal Shelter to allow some of their foster care reptiles to be put on display in our exhibit area. Starting today we get our first foster animal.



Welcome Iggy, a three-year-old female iguana to the Reptile, Amphibian, and Mammal (RAM) Zone. While she is on display here, she will be viewed by thousands of people. We hope that one of them has the room in their life to offer Iggy a new home.

Iguanas are arboreal, diurnal reptiles. They can climb, swim, run, and lash enemies with their tails. But most of the time they lie around sunning themselves, or eating kale. Iguanas have a light sensing "third eye" that helps them maintain a proper body temperature.

In addition to their tails, iguanas have another unintentional weapon: their claws are used to cling to branches but can scratch inexperienced handlers. We will be on the alert to avoid this.

Iggy was staying with a wonderful foster family who is very sorry to part with her. But Iggy is such a large reptile (approximately 12 lbs), the foster family had trouble providing the space she needed. Iguanas also require full spectrum lighting, high temperature and humidity, and a diet of fresh greens served daily.

These will be serious considerations for whoever adopts her. In other words, we might be able to hang out with her for a few months until the right home comes along. We look forward to it and welcome you to come say, “Hi.” Don't forget to bring your camera!

Readers interested in giving Iggy a forever home should contact Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., 206-386-7387.


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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Fresh Sheet – March 21, 2015

You may know that Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano erupted several times last week. Our friends at Costa Rica Entomological Supply report the good news that all their staff and butterfly breeders are doing fine with just “some ash.” This week’s pupae shipment arrived safely and butterflies are now happily emerging in our Tropical Butterfly House Emerging Window.

See more images of Volcán Turrialba here:
http://www.ticotimes.net/2015/03/12/photos-video-and-more-of-turrialba-volcano-eruption-and-aftermath


Suministros Entimol├│gicos Costarricenses, SA
Costa Rica

18 - Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
20 - Caligo eurilochus (Forest Giant Owl)
04 - Caligo illioneus (Illioneus Giant Owl)
11 - Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
15 - Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl)
12 - Greta oto (Glasswing)
12 - Hamadryas laodamia (Starry Calico)
17 - Heliconius cydno (Cydno Longwing)
05 - Heliconius erato (Small Postman)
80 - Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
19 - Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
07 - Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
02 - Morpho amathonte (Amathonte's Morpho,)
31 - Morpho peleides (Blue Morpho)
63 - Myscelia cyaniris (Blue Wave Butterfly)
32 - Papilio thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
09 - Parides arcas (Arcas Cattleheart)
10 - Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button)
08 - Siproeta epaphus (Rusty-tipped Page)

Total = 375

“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.


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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Fresh Sheet – March 14, 2015

Spring may be right around the corner, but it’s always summer in our Tropical Butterfly House. Stop by and view the latest arrivals from El Salvador and Suriname.


Bioproductores de El Salvador

06 - Archeoprepona demophoon (Hubner’s Prepona)
30 - Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
25 - Catonephele numilia (Numilia)
05 - Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
26 - Heliconius hortense (Mountain Longwing)
20 - Heliconius ismenius (Ismenius Longwing)
20 - Lycorea cleobaea (Large Tiger)
22 - Morpho polyphemus (White Morpho)
30 - Myscelia ethusa (Royal Blue Butterfly)
10 - Papilio androgeus (Queen Page)
25 - Papilio torquatus (Band-gapped Swallowtail)
15 - Archeoprepona demophon (One-spotted Prepona)
08 - Prepona omphale (Blue Belly-Button)

Total = 242

Neotropical Insects NV
Suriname

20 - Battus polydamas (Polydamus Swallowtail)
05 - Heraclides thoas (Thoas Swallowtail)
10 - Heraclides anchisiades (Ruby-spotted Swallowtail)
35 - Heliconius melpomene (Postman)
10 - Heliconius hecale (Tiger Longwing)
30 - Dryas iulia (Julia Longwing)
30 - Anartia amathea (Scarlet Peacock)
30 - Biblis hyperia (Red Rim)
35 - Caligo memnon (Owl Butterfly)
05 - Eryphanis polyxena (Purple Mort Bleu Owl)
30 - Mechanitis polymnia (Polymnia Tigerwing)
30 - Tithorea harmonia (Harmonia Tigerwing)

Total = 270

GRAND TOTAL = 512

“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.


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