Sunday, May 1, 2016
Seven years ago, Pacific Science Center’s Life Sciences Department started the PacSciLife blog as “a peek behind the scenes” with stories of our animal care and horticulture adventures. Today we announce our move from the Blogger URL to our new home at PacSci Perspectives.
The Life Sciences team began this blog as an experiment to see if anyone would be as fascinated with our animals and plants as we are. We are delighted and appreciative for the blog’s success. Readers from around the world view our articles with “hits” that average over 6,000 per month. Of the past 667 blog posts, we’ve noticed that the most popular stories by far are about naked mole rats – especially the pups. Don’t worry. You’ll still be able to keep up with the lives of Elphaba, Galinda and the naked mole rat colony, the Madagascar hissing cockroaches, the pollinator garden, the weekly "Fresh Sheet” and everything else that goes on in Life Sciences. Plus you’ll also be in touch with other fascinating PSC news.
Be sure to bookmark https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/perspectives/ to follow the Life Sciences team at our new web address and get all the news from under the arches!
At PacSci Perspectives you can still read stories about our continuing discoveries while working with plants and animals. But wait. There’s more! Perspectives is also your place to get news regarding PSC’s exhibits, events, programs, and movies. Come take a look. We think you’ll learn even more about the programs Pacific Science Center has to offer.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Penang Butterfly Farm
83 - Cethosia cyane (Leopard Lacewing)
44 - Chilasa clytia (Common Mime)
18 - Danaus vulgaris (Blue Glassy Tiger)
05 - Euploea core (Common Crow)
80 - Parthenos sylvia (The Clipper)
70 - Tirumala septentrionis (Dark Blue Tiger)
Total = 300
“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.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
For many years there have been two Angel’s Trumpet trees in our Tropical Butterfly House (Brugmansia × candida). These trees are in the center bed, and have large, pale orange, trumpet-shaped flowers. We have recently decided to remove these two trees and replace them with different plant species. Because the Angel’s Trumpet trees are some of the most recognized and well-loved plants in our Tropical Butterfly House, we want to let everyone know why we are removing them.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Do you have some stick insects or walking stick bugs that you inherited from a classroom, or got as a pet, and that you don’t want any more? Did you know that Pacific Science Center has permission from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to accept any non-native stick insects?
The USDA fears that there are many non-native stick bugs that have the potential to become naturalized and harmful pests. We encourage stick bug owners to retire their colonies by bringing them to us. If they are able to escape into the outdoors, these insects are invasive and have the potential to severely harm the environment. Many species of stick insect are parthenogenic, meaning capable of reproducing without males. In other words, eggs from females are viable without being fertilized. So in addition to careful containment of the insect, all their bedding must be destroyed – ideally by freezing. (Do not compost!)
If you would like to bring us your stick insects, please contact us at 206-443-2898. We will make arrangements for you to bring them in to the Science Center.