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Western Giant Swallowtail

Papilio rumiko



2 Species ID Suggestions

Thoas Swallowtail Butterfly
Papilio thoas Papilio thoas

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bayucca 7 years ago

I have examined that very carefully ;-)...

EmilyUmbarger 7 years ago

Oh, I see now... " Heraclides cresphontes is extremely similar in appearance to H. thoas, - the 2 species can only be distinguished by close examination of the abdominal tip. Their distribution differs, with thoas being distributed from Mexico to Bolivia and Argentina ( and as a rare stray in the southern USA ); while H. cresphontes has a more northerly distribution being found from Canada to Venezuela." -- Thanks for the careful ID, bayucca. :)

bayucca 7 years ago

It is Heraclides cresphontes, which is really almost identical to Heraclides thoas.

Hello Mvpogan, I have moved this wonderful spot to the Arthropod Category !

EmilyUmbarger 7 years ago

Beautiful spotting! You will want to categorize this as an arthropod, though, and not "other". :)

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Laguna Beach, California, USA

Spotted on Jun 30, 2013
Submitted on Jul 12, 2013

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