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Common Mormon

Papilio polytes Linnaeus


The Common Mormon (Papilio polytes) is a common species of swallowtail butterfly widely distributed across Asia. This butterfly is known for the mimicry displayed by the numerous forms of its females which mimic inedible Red-bodied Swallowtails, such as the Common Rose and the Crimson Rose.

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Common Mormon, female, form romulus
Papilio polytes Linnaeus Papilio polytes


Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Grate photo!

Nilesh Sutar
Nilesh Sutar 6 years ago

Thanks Ajay once again

acewings.ajay 6 years ago

Is featured on the cover page of "The book of Indian Butterflies" by Isaac Kehimkar!

Daniel McNair
Daniel McNair 6 years ago

great micro!

Maharashtra, India

Lat: 15.89, Long: 73.86

Spotted on May 12, 2010
Submitted on Apr 25, 2012


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