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Butterfly

1 Species ID Suggestions

1Sarah2
1Sarah2 9 years ago
King Page Swallowtail
Heraclides thoas Butterflies of Amazonia - Heraclides thoas


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5 Comments

1Sarah2
1Sarah2 9 years ago

The Thoas was selected due to range.

iPlayBanjoNow
iPlayBanjoNow 9 years ago

And the thoas is the king swallowtail, and the cresphontes is the giant, but there are pages calling them the same butterfly.

iPlayBanjoNow
iPlayBanjoNow 9 years ago

Matt, that's an amazing photo in your file. But now I'm totally confused. The common name says giant swallowtail and the scientific says Thoas nealces.

MatthewKritzer
MatthewKritzer 9 years ago

Picture of Thoas in my file. Quite a bit more black...

iPlayBanjoNow
iPlayBanjoNow 9 years ago

Either giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) or thoas swallowtail (Papilio thoas). "It's been written that Papilio cresphontes & the following (Papilio thoas) are not distinguishable other than by the 'fingernail test'. In thoas, the back of the abdomen is smooth. In cresphontes, "'here is a distinct notch near the tip (of the abdomen).'"

Further notes on differences between the two: http://bugguide.net/node/view/157023
http://www.focusonnature.com/CentralAmer...

MatheusCoimbra
Spotted by
MatheusCoimbra

Barracão, Paraná, Brazil

Spotted on Mar 21, 2011
Submitted on May 7, 2011

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