Big black butterfly with light blue markings

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  1. Christer Johansson

    Christer Johansson Seedling

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    This is another one that I call a tropical butterfly. For me it's difficult with all the species that not live around here :oops:

    It's about 3" (7,5cm) wide, I guess...
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    Thanks!!
     



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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I think your butterfly could be a Papilio nireus lyaeus Christer.
     
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    Christer Johansson Seedling

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    That seems to be correct, yes! I have another image that was a unknown butterfly, but seems to be that species as well :)

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    Thanks Eileen!
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Any chance you can post a photo of the top sides of that butterfly? On most butterflies, the underside of the wings look totally different in color and some markings than the top of the wings do.

    Go ahead and start a new topic for each butterfly you want IDed, it keeps the topic from becoming confused and the people who have looked at the first butterfly won't know that there is different one posted in there too so you are less likely to get an answer.
     
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    Well, it seems that those two pictures are the same species but from two different views :-|

    Take a look here :)
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Yep, that's the difference I was talking about ;)
    I am not familiar with that butterfly from either side so it had me confused, isn't it amazing how different the topside and underside can be. :shock:
     
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    Yes, that's why I had the two images "tagged" as two unknown species :D I have some more that are very different on the two sides 8)