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Sordid Emperor

Apatura sordida


Sordid Emperor, Apatura sordida (Synonym=Chitoria sordida, Nguyen,1979) Family Nymphalidae.

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MayraSpringmann 7 years ago


Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

I always wonder about the reason some names are chosen for animals. This little guy doesn't seem sordid at all - even if you take the "muddy" meaning of the word. BTW, did you notice that the overall shape and color of this butterfly resembles a lizard's head coming off the tree? It even stays head down, maybe for to increase the effect.

bayucca 7 years ago

I have seen that one already, very similar, but the same one? The large black spot is missing in this one, so it might be an artefact in that one? Due to the folded wings I can't see the white patch with black spot in that one. At first sight they are the same at second sight they might be the same, and at third sight I wouldn't bet my ranch on it...

You can check with another spotting of mine..
This was suggested as Sordid Emperor, Apatura sordida by Dr Peter Smetecek, Director, Butterfly Research centre, Bhimtal India.

bayucca 7 years ago

Sorry, can't confirm Sordida for sure. Should be Nymphalidae and Apaturinae, not Satyrinae (Satyridae does not exist as a family it is a subfamily of Nymphalidae). There are some discussions about close relationsship of the genus Apatura and Chitoria, both from Apaturinae.

Thimphu, Bhutan

Spotted on Oct 14, 2012
Submitted on Oct 14, 2012

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