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Euchenor Swallowtail (Papilio euchenor)
jmorlan

Euchenor Swallowtail (Papilio euchenor)

I was separated from our group when I took this image and it does not appear on our trip-list. Nectaring on Chinese Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), this large 5-6" butterfly is a member of the Swallowtail family Papilionidae. However, Indonesian swallowtails such as this in the "aegeus" group do not have "tails" on their rear wings. This species has no standard English name so I made one up. It is endemic to New Guinea and a few surrounding islands. Of the 13 described subspecies, this is presumably nominate. I believe it is a female based on the more angular spikes on its white patches which recall a Rorschach inkblot test. Its underwings are more extensively white and have small orange spots toward the rear. The row of three small pale spots at the apex of the forewing also helps identify this species.
Location
Asbaken, Sorong Regency, West Papua, Indonesia
Date taken
21 November 2023.
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Category
Butterflies & Moths
Added by
jmorlan
Date added
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Image metadata

Device
Canon Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Aperture
ƒ/6.5
Focal length
247.0 mm
Exposure time
1/320 second(s)
ISO
800
Filename
PapilioEuchenor.jpg
File size
351 KB
Date taken
Tue, 21 November 2023 7:59 AM
Dimensions
1024px x 955px

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