Papilio machaon aliaska

Kenelm Philip fnkwp at
Wed Mar 6 15:22:45 EST 2002

It is news to me that _P. machaon_ migrates yearly to Alaska across the
Bering Strait. It's also news that there was anyone around to notice it
if it happened! The western end of the Seward Peninsula is not heavily
populated (or often visited ny entomologists).

According to Tuzov, _P. m. aliaska_ is the ssp. found in Chukotka. I have
a few specimens of _machaon_ from Chukotka, and a few more from more
western parts of the Magadanskaya Oblast'--but not enough to draw any
conclusions from in comparison to Alaskan material.

							Ken Philip
fnkwp at


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