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Great Mormon Swallowtail - papillio memnon (I think)

The Great Mormon Butterfly is native to South and Southeast Asia and Australasia. One of the swallowtail family, it is a large butterfly with a wingspan of 130-150mm. Seen emerging from chrysalis in Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World.

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Papilio memnon, the great Mormon, is a large butterfly native to southern Asia that belongs to the swallowtail family. It is widely distributed and has thirteen subspecies. The female is polymorphic and with mimetic forms.

 

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The Great Mormon Swallowtail { Papilio memnon } photographed at Kipandi Butterfly Park.

 

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The Great Mormon Swallowtail { Papilio memnon } is a common South-Asian butterfly and is widely distributed in 13 subspecies (4 male and 9 female forms). This is a large butterfly with contrasting colors. The wingspan is 12 ~15 cm (4.7 ~ 5.9 inches).

 

The male never has a tail, and is deep blue to black. It may or may not have red streak on the forewing. The female may be tailed (alcanor) or tailess (butlerianus, polymnestoroides). The upperside forewing is ground colour sepia with greyish white streak. The upperside hindwing is blue-black with 5 to 7 yellow or white discal patches. It is polymorphic and with mimetic forms. ( Excellent information is available on Wikipedia.)

 

This photo was taken at the Kipandi Butterfly Park, 36 km from Kota Kinabalu. It shows a male fluttering and tugging at the lantana. The butterfly and flower were vibrating quite vigorously.

 

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a 'Great Mormon Swallowtail' {Papilio memnon},

The Great Mormon is a large butterfly that belongs to the swallowtail family and is found in southern Asia. It is widely distributed and has thirteen subspecies. This example is captive bred.

 

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Many animals have conspicuous eye-like spots on their body. In most animals these ‘eyespots’ are thought to intimidate predators from attacking or deflect the predator strikes away from vulnerable body parts. That ‘eyespots’ could help prey by resembling the eyes of a predator’s own enemies is thought to be particularly true for butterfly and moth caterpillars. Eyespot caterpillars are often cited to be snake mimics that startle attacking birds which mistake them for dangerous snakes. Despite widespread acceptance, this phenomena is surprisingly understudied.

 

Pu'er, Yunnan, China

 

see comments for additional view…..

Many animals have conspicuous eye-like spots on their body. In most animals these ‘eyespots’ are thought to intimidate predators from attacking or deflect the predator strikes away from vulnerable body parts. That ‘eyespots’ could help prey by resembling the eyes of a predator’s own enemies is thought to be particularly true for butterfly and moth caterpillars. Eyespot caterpillars are often cited to be snake mimics that startle attacking birds which mistake them for dangerous snakes. Despite widespread acceptance, this phenomena is surprisingly understudied.

 

Pu'er, Yunnan, China

 

see comments for additional view…..

Asian Swallowtail (red tips) and the Great Mormon (beneath)

Perhaps, we shouldn't be looking ... :-)

The Great Mormon Swallowtail { Papilio memnon } photographed at Kipandi Butterfly Park.

 

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The Great Mormon (Papilio memnon) is a large butterfly that belongs to the swallowtail family and is found in south-east Asia. It is widely distributed. This butterfly flies up to 2,100 m, but is most common at low elevations. It usually flies 2 - 4 m above the ground.

It is found in forest clearings. It is very common and is also seen amongst human habitation.

The wingspan is 12 - 15 cm and the basic colour is black.

The Great Mormon has thirteen subspecies. It has four male and many female forms. The females being highly polymorphic and many of them being mimics of unpalatable butterflies.

The butterfly in the picture is a female Great Mormon, form alcanor. This picture is taken in the indoor butterfly garden of De Passiflorahoeve in Harskamp, the Netherlands.

 

De Papilio memnon (Engelse naam: Great Mormon. In Nederland wordt de vlinder soms Zwarte Page genoemd) is een grote dagvlinder uit de familie Papilionidae, de grote pages.

Het verspreidingsgebeid beslaat een groot deel van zuidoost Azië. Deze page vliegt tot een hoogte van circa 2100 meter, maar komt het meest voor bij lage hoogtes. Hij vliegt meestal 2 - 4 m boven de grond. De soort wordt vooral aangetroffen in open plekken in bossen, maar ook bij menselijke bewoning.

De vleugelspanwijdte is 12 à 15 cm en de basiskleur van de mannetjes is meestal zwart. Alleen de vrouwtjes zijn gesierd met (zwaluw)staartjes aan de vleugels.

Er zijn dertien ondersoorten, daarnaast vier mannelijke vormen en circa 20 vrouwelijke vormen.

Soms nemen vrouwtjes enigszins het uiterlijk en de kleuren van andere, vaak onverteerbare vlinders aan. Die imiteren ze dus. De soms gebruikte Nederlandse naam Zwarte Page is daarom niet zo toepasselijk. Alleen de mannetjes zijn zwart. Ook zijn er andere pagesoorten die zwart of bijna volledig zwart zijn.

Deze foto is gemaakt in de overdekte tropische vlindertuin van zorgboerderij De Passiflorahoeve bij Harskamp op de Veluwe tussen Ede en Apeldoorn.

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The Great Yellow Mormon or Asian Swallowtail (Papilio lowi), is a butterfly of the Papilionidae family. It is found in the Borneo, Indonesia, and the Philippines

 

The male underside Great Yellow Mormon.The Great Yellow Mormon Butterfly is also called the Asian Swallowtail (confusingly, as others have this name, including the Chinese Yellow Swallowtail, Papilio xuthus) and the Sunset Swallowtail. Native to Indonesia, Borneo and the Philippines, its wingspan can reach 125mm/5 inches. The female (both above) and male (below) look very different and the female has many different forms. Seen at Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World.

  

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Great Mormon: Papilio memnon: is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae, the Swallowtails. The wingspan can be up to 150 millimeters.

 

Papilio memnon : is een dagvlinder uit de familie Papilionidae, de grote pages. De spanwijdte kan tot 150 millimeter bedragen.

A re-edited version of an archive shot of A Great Mormon Swallowtail "Papilio memnon"

(freshly eclosed from collected chrysalis)

 

Pu'er, Yunnan, China

 

see comments for additional view, chrysalis and caterpillar images…..

Pu'er, Yunnan, China

 

see comments for additional view…..

Male and Female Great Yellow Mormon butterflies also called the Asian Swallowtail (confusingly, as others have this name, including the Chinese Yellow Swallowtail, Papilio xuthus) and the Sunset Swallowtail. The female and male look very different and the female has many different forms. Seen in Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World.

  

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Taken at the Seaforde Butterfly Centre, County Down back in the summer.

 

If anyone has the ID for this butterfly, I'd really appreciate it :) a Great Mormon (thanks BobC45 for your help)

 

Played around with the colours of the ferns in the background and I really liked how this brightened it up.

 

Nice to view on black 'L'

  

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Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA

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The Great Mormon (Papilio memnon) is a large butterfly that belongs to the swallowtail family and is found in southern Asia. It is widely distributed and has thirteen subspecies. The female is polymorphic and with mimetic forms.

The Great Yellow Mormon Butterfly is also called the Asian Swallowtail (confusingly, as others have this name, including the Chinese Yellow Swallowtail, Papilio xuthus) and the Sunset Swallowtail. The female and male look very different and the female has many different forms. Seen in Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World.

  

Thank you for all your comments and visits

:copyright: Ralph Stewart 2014

 

Please don't use this image on websites, blogs or other media without my explicit permission. :copyright: copyright All rights reserved

   

Many animals have conspicuous eye-like spots on their body. In most animals these ‘eyespots’ are thought to intimidate predators from attacking or deflect the predator strikes away from vulnerable body parts. That ‘eyespots’ could help prey by resembling the eyes of a predator’s own enemies is thought to be particularly true for butterfly and moth caterpillars. Eyespot caterpillars are often cited to be snake mimics that startle attacking birds which mistake them for dangerous snakes. Despite widespread acceptance, this phenomena is surprisingly understudied.

 

Pu'er, Yunnan, China

 

see comments for additional view…..

A Great Mormon Swallowtail "Papilio memnon"

Pu'er, Yunnan, China

 

see comments for other stages in this caterpillar's life cycle…..

 

The Great Yellow Mormon Butterfly is also called the Asian Swallowtail (confusingly, as others have this name, including the Chinese Yellow Swallowtail, Papilio xuthus) and the Sunset Swallowtail. The female and male look very different and the female has many different forms.

 

Thank you for all your comments and visits

:copyright: Ralph Stewart 2015

 

Please don't use this image on websites, blogs or other media without my explicit permission. :copyright: All rights reserved

 

Sony Alpha 65

Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA

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The Great Mormon (Papilio memnon) is a large butterfly that belongs to the swallowtail family and is found in southern Asia. It is widely distributed and has thirteen subspecies. The female is polymorphic and with mimetic forms.

Also called the Great Yellow Mormon perhaps because his body is yellow. There is a similar-looking swallowtail with a red body and it’s called the rose swallowtail. This butterfly is a resident of Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale, Arizona. In the wild, this butterfly is found in the Borneo, Indonesia, and the Philippines

  

TAXONOMY

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies)

Family: Papilionidae (Swallowtail butterflies)

 

Genus/species: Papilio memnon

 

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: P.memon has four male and many female forms, Male Great Mormons never have tails, while females may or may not.

Span.is large up to 150 millimetres (4.7 to 5.9 in)

 

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Range: Southeast Asia. Adults inhabit forest clearings and disturbed areas,

 

DIET IN THE WILD: Papilio memnon visits flowers of Poinsettia, Jasminum, Lantana, Canna, and Salvia. (known to mud-puddle)

 

REPRODUCTION: Adults lay single eggs on the underside of leaves, which hatch in three days. For the first four instars, caterpillars resemble bird droppings. Pupation occurs after about 2.5 weeks.

 

References

 

California Academy of Sciences Rainforest 2017 Vetting Tim Wong

 

EOL eol.org/pages/131345/details

 

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden www.lewisginter.org/sexually-dimorphic-butterflies/

 

Butterfly corner.net

en.butterflycorner.net/Papilio-memnon-Great-Mormon.1248.0...

 

3-21-17

The Great Mormon Butterfly is native to South and Southeast Asia and Australasia. One of the swallowtail family, it is a large butterfly with a wingspan of 130-150mm.

 

Thank you for all your comments and visits

:copyright: Ralph Stewart 2015

 

Please don't use this image on websites, blogs or other media without my explicit permission. :copyright: All rights reserved

Great Mormon (Papilio memnon) is a large butterfly with contrasting colors that belongs to the Swallowtail family. A common South-Asian butterfly, it is widely distributed and has thirteen subspecies. The female is polymorphic and with mimetic forms.

The Great Yellow Mormon Butterfly is also called the Asian Swallowtail seen at Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World.

 

Thank you for all your comments and visits

:copyright: Ralph Stewart 2014

 

Please don't use this image on websites, blogs or other media without my explicit permission. :copyright: copyright All rights reserved

  

The Great Yellow Mormon Butterfly (emerging from chrysalis) also called the Asian Swallowtail seen at Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World.

  

Thank you for all your comments and visits

:copyright: Ralph Stewart 2015

  

Please don't use this image on websites, blogs or other media without my explicit permission. :copyright: All rights reserved

   

Pu'er, Yunnan, China

 

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ナガサキアゲハ          in my garden

学名 Papilio memnon 

英名 Great Mormon

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Dream of BUTTERFLY WITH

 

The Great Mormon (Papilio memnon) is a large butterfly that belongs to the swallowtail family and is found in southern Asia. It is widely distributed and has thirteen subspecies. The female is polymorphic and with mimetic forms.

 

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Pu'er, Yunnan, China

 

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A member of the swallowtail family this butterfly apparently hails from Australiasia.

(freshly eclosed from collected chrysalis)

 

The Great Mormon (Papilio memnon) is a large butterfly that belongs to the swallowtail family and is found in southern Asia. It is widely distributed and has thirteen subspecies. Furthermore, within these groupings, there are four male and many female forms (both tailed and tailless), the females being highly polymorphic and many of them being mimics of unpalatable butterflies. This species has been studied extensively for understanding the genetic basis for polymorphy and Batesian mimicry. As many as twenty-six female forms are reported.

 

Pu'er, Yunnan, China

 

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Papilio memnon - I am fairly certain of this ID. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Butterflies Live, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

- © C. Statton DiFiori

 

Thought I'd take a quick break from posting photos of my week's trip to Yellowstone, and also add a splash of colour. Couldn't find a photo on Google last night of a butterfly that looked exactly like this one, but I think it could possibly be a Great Mormon? Taken (on an Hibiscus flower) in the ENMAX Conservatory at the Calgary Zoo on 8 September 2012. I don't usually get a sky background at the Conservatory, but this was a very tall Hibiscus, so I was looking up towards the glass ceiling and sky.

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papilio_memnon#Female_form_butlerianus

In its first four instars, the Great Mormon caterpillars look like bird droppings as they rest on the leaves. The resemblance in the 3rd and 4th instars are stronger with the body also assuming a slimy appearance. As in the case of all Swallowtail butterflies, the Great Mormon caterpillars in all instars possess a fleshy organ called the osmeterium in the prothoracic segment. Usually hidden, the osmeterium can be everted to emit a foul-smelling secretion when the caterpillar is threatened.

The fifth and final instar caterpillar is dramatically different, bearing snake-eye like eyespots as a defensive strategy against potential predators (see comments for fifth instar caterpillar).

 

Pu'er, Yunnan, China

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