Smithsonian live butterfly exhibit id's

Neil Jones neil at
Fri Mar 6 08:08:45 EST 2009

David Hamilton Cox wrote:
>  I visited the Butterfly Pavilion at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural
> History on February 17, 2009 and took photos of several species, most
> of which I could not find on the provided species finder (which you
> can access at
> I emailed the relevant contact at the museum and received no response.
> I realize that since I don't have location, habitat, time of season, etc.,
> that making identifications may be impossible, but I thought I would at 
> least ask. Id's to the genus level would be helpful. The photos are at:
>  I have labeled the few that I could identify from the species finder. 
> Feedback if I got those wrong would be appreciated. I will update the 
> labels if I get any id's from this list. 
>  Also, I'm curious if the term "pavilion" is typically used for an
> exhibit of live butterflies, with a nod to the etymology. I noticed it was
> similar to "papillion" and indeed the words are related, according to Eric
> Partridge in "Origins," who, about the word "pavilion", says that "in
> [Late Latin], papilio means also . . . a large tent, from the resemblance of
> the curtains that closed it to a butterfly's wings." Interesting coincidence, 
> if that's what it was, that the Smithsonian exhibit used this word.
>  Thanks!
> -David Cox 
No 7 is either Papilio demoleus or P. demodocus They are very similar 
and I don't know the distinguishing feature.

Your Graphium agamemnon certainly isn't . It looks more like Idea leucanoe

15 Looks like Dione juno to me.

and the last one number 21 is probably a Phoebis species.

Neil Jones
neil at


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