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7061 Views 7 Replies Last post: Jul 26, 2012 2:00 AM by heese RSS
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Mar 28, 2012 5:41 PM

Identifying several species


Hello there,


When I was a child I used to collect  butterflies. We occasionally went to a wildlifepark that held tropical  butterfly species. I'd usually take dead ones laying on the ground with  me. After a few years, the butterflies began to crumble into dust, and  some of them are in a really bad state. I am  now trying to identify what's left, and have done around 95% of them.  But there are a few I cannot identify with the help of my books  / internet.


Could anyone help me out?

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    Jul 17, 2012 8:30 PM (in response to heese)
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    Hello, I realise this question was posted a little while ago and you may have tracked down the names of these butterflies by now, but I used to work in a tropical butterfly house and I recognise some friends here.

    The orange ones look quite battered, but may be flame butterflies - Dryas iulia, though perhaps one of them is Dryadula with its stripes worn off.

    The second one is a cattleheart - Parides sp.

    Then probably a common mormon - Papilio polytes, the next one's a scarlet swallowtail I reckon?? Another Papilio sp. anyway!

    The last one is a bit worn, but probably a Hypolimnas sp.


    What is that pale green one who's wing is poking into the first photo?

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      Jul 25, 2012 8:06 PM (in response to Saoirse)
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      Those poor butterflies pinned, as they appear to be, to a board their short lives mere fodder for homo sapien collector freaks. And, there's websites out there advertising all sorts of worldwide invertebrates to be collected by freakish invertebrate collectors. 'Woe Betide You!' if you are a butterfly or other invertebrate collector. There's a BIG BUG! just around the corner ready to stab you in the back of the neck with it's poisonous prehensile proboscis! 

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        Jul 25, 2012 9:35 PM (in response to Microbe)
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        Well, I'm against the dead butterfly trade, where butterflies are killed as soon as they emerge so that they are in perfect condition to be ornaments. These butterflies lived their full life and were collected already dead, I presume. In victorian times, collectors gassed butterflies with crushed laurel leaves then fixed and pinned them. Today we have digital photography, so that isn't really necessary anymore.

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