khewsk at hotmail.com
Wed Jan 27 23:01:46 EST 1999
Not too sure why my earlier email went out blank but here goes again...
Looks like you got a box of tropical butterflies (particularly from
Malaysia), from their common names that were given. Because there are
so many different look-alike species in the tropics, common
name-scientific name relationships are often inaccurate, as collectors
in different countries tend to coin up new common names all the time.
To help you narrow the search, I can offer some suggestions for the
species you have in your box:
Striped Bluebottle - Probably Graphium sarpedon (we call it the Common
Bluebottle here, but yours could be a different species)
Clipper - Parthenos sylvia lilacinus. This one's probably P sylvia, but
there are so many different subspecies around, you can't be sure which
Orange Albatross - Appias nero figulna. This species is quite unique
and occurs in Malaysia. Bright orange with dark veins on the upperside.
Malaysian Jay - Graphium doson evemonides. A probability here. There
are five look-alikes and it could be any one of them.
Great Orange Tip - Hebomia glaucippe arturia. Again, many subspecies in
the region but if your specimen came from Malaysia, then this is likely
to be the one.
Banded Peacock - Papilio palinurus palinurus. Quite a distinct species
with iridescent green band on the upperside and has been bred in
butterfly farms in Malaysia for export overseas.
Hope this helps. Cheers.
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