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Red-brown Butterfly (Mormon)

Description:

fairly large butterfly, brown with reddish and white under parts similar to the open winged patterns.

Habitat:

tropical/subtropical

Notes:

this individual was quite hasty, keeping it wings in upright position most of the time, flickering and flapping its wings as it scanned the wet mud. maybe needed some water/minerals. aiming for a good shot was not easy as am still very amateur in photography

1 Species ID Suggestions

1Sarah2
1Sarah2 10 years ago
Pink Cattleheart, Iphidamas Cattleheart, or the Transandean Cattleheart
Parides iphidamas Parides i. iphidamas (Typical segregate) (live adults)


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10 Comments

Vin Zael
Vin Zael 10 years ago

tnx a lot Kristen!!!

KristenGilpin
KristenGilpin 10 years ago

Good luck! Try looking for a good Central American butterfly guide that shows upper and lower sides of male and female of each species.

Butterflies of Central America. Volume 1.
Kim Garwood & Richard Lehman. 2011.
Eye Scry Publishing, McAllen, Texas. 304 pp.
[Covers Oaxaca, MX through Panama, includes Papilionidae, Pieridae & Nymphalidae, almost 2,300 photos (provided by almost 70 different photographers) across 284 color plates, includes many, many subspecies, with range maps and principal photographic locations, index and quick index.]

I have not yet seen this guide so maybe take a look at it before purchasing to make sure it has what you want.

Good luck!

Vin Zael
Vin Zael 10 years ago

ooooooooooooh! this is a lot to take in! amazing! i am bedazzled!!! now to pin out which specimen i showcase is the challenge! i came across this lonely guy and have not spotted another since then, geez, i need to read more of my belize (central american species) and have a better idea on what am observing.

KristenGilpin
KristenGilpin 10 years ago

There are a few genera of tail-less swallowtails in Central America, but I'm not overly familiar with many of the individual species. Many of these butterflies have a body and wing style incredibly similar to your specimen.

Family: Papilionidae

Genus Battus has about 15 species in Central America with an incredible similar body and wing shape to your butterfly. Their larval hosts are pipevines (Aristolochia)
More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battus_%28b...

Genus Parides has some 50 species in Central America. Some are tailless and many are sexually dimorphic which makes for a tricky ID. Their larval hosts are pipevines (Aristolochia)
More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parides

Genus Mimoides has about a dozen species local to Central America. Their larval hosts are members of the Pawpaw family (Annona)
More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimoides

Vin Zael
Vin Zael 10 years ago

i see a similarity with the alphenor subspecies! i wonder! tnx for the info!!! will have a look and decide!!! danke!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

This link may help you to identify...
http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~kunte...

Vin Zael
Vin Zael 10 years ago

done!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Please put second picture to front... That is very good.

Vin Zael
Vin Zael 10 years ago

has a basic shape to it! (as i see on google images, LSTM). wish i knew more bout these winged guys

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Look like Mormon

Vin Zael
Spotted by
Vin Zael

Belmopan, Cayo, Belize

Spotted on Sep 2, 2009
Submitted on Aug 25, 2011

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