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Great Mormon

Papilio memnon

Description:

Black body. Black, red and white tails. Black and white wings.

Habitat:

Philippines

Notes:

Not really sure on the terms for butterflies external morphology. Corrections most welcome. Waited patiently for this one to settle on a leaf and actually stop flapping its wings. Almost gave up and sat down with a cold beer, then suddenly there it was again, settled on a leaf, inviting the shot! many thanks to the butterfly for the photo opp. Lastly, is it even a butterfly??

4 Species ID Suggestions

Great Mormon
Papilio memnon
Ashish
Ashish 8 years ago
Scarlet Mormon
Papilio deiphobus rumanzovia Papilio deiphobus rumanzovia
MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago
The great mormon
Papilio memnon Papilio memnon - Wikipédia


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9 Comments

NickCook
NickCook 8 years ago

It is indeed Ashish! Thanks again to you all for the help with the ID. I'll wait a day before editing the name :)

"every day's a school day"

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Nick every spotting is a learning lesson.... :)

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

The P. rumanzovia group is best known in the Philippines. This image closely confirms the suggestion of ashish
http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-3962998/...

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

wait... need to study more... and let more opinions come...

NickCook
NickCook 8 years ago

Interesting Ashish, certainly looks the same. Maybe I have to edit the name again!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Is this same of different butterfly..?
http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_qu...

NickCook
NickCook 8 years ago

Thanks for the info martinl. Exactly why I joined Project Noah :)

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

Nice spotting. Its ID is confirmed, I think. This species has several female forms, some without the spectacular teardrop tails. This one however will have had tails that have broken off by flight wear.

NickCook
NickCook 8 years ago

Thanks so much for the IDs :))

NickCook
Spotted by
NickCook

Surigao, Surigao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 3, 2012
Submitted on Oct 3, 2012

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