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Photo #25359: Papilio polytes


Papilio polytes

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Base gallery. Alive insect.

Photo: Svetlana Shchavelina. Image without retouching at the website. Identified by: Irina Nikulina

Date and time, location shooting/catching: 2013-11-19 00:00:00, Ratchaburi province, Thailand

Photographer's comment: К огромному своему расстройству обнаружила куст гуавы, обгрызенный и обвешанный вот такими куколками. Из неокуклившихся была только одна гусеница, да и та уже готовая перейти в иную стадию: #25360. Если по ней можно сделать идентификацию, то было бы замечательно.

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27.11.2013 20:03, Alexandr Zhakov Corrected data.

Not identified Papilio polytes / Confidently identified / Irina Nikulina.

26.11.2013 13:58, Irina Nikulina

Let's wait for expert opinion. There might be few more relative species in Thailand with such larvae—pupae)

26.11.2013 13:07, Svetlana Shchavelina

Hoorray! I'm glad the page of this amazing butterfly will be added with photos of other development stages!

26.11.2013 11:13, Irina Nikulina

So cleared up) now no matter whether it's lime, lemon or any variegate Citrus, definitely not guava). Now we can be more sure this is Papilio polytes, which larvae feed on Citrus and other Rutaceae.

26.11.2013 6:39, Svetlana Shchavelina

Our pardon about food plant... My Thailand friend replied: "Sorry I misunderstand with another plant. This is lime or lemon ... Bigger fruit and not perfect round shape and people use it when little yellow"

25.11.2013 20:30, Irina Nikulina

If still suppose this is not a guava plant but some Rutaceae / Citrinae, then it could be Papilio polytes then.

25.11.2013 16:04, Irina Nikulina

Svetlana, I could only say that I never met guava plant in descriptions whilst Citrinae (the Rutaceae family, subfamily Aurantioideae) include many guavas. For one, Poncirus trifoliata with same big thorns, this plant is widely used for parent stock. Its berries look quite similar as guava fruits. I'm not a botanist though, so I consulted with paleobotanist from Vladivostok, candidate of geologo-mineralogical sciences, E. B. Volynets, so she deems that this could be some Poncirus trifoliata, she provided pic where it has thorns as in your photo, leaves are variegate.

25.11.2013 14:25, Svetlana Shchavelina

One Thailand guy said this plant is guava. I even took a picture, just in case, for any possible doubts. And the guava was variegate, larvae selectively munched over variegate leaves and didn't touch the branches with green (that happens) leaves.

25.11.2013 13:11, Irina Nikulina

Svetlana, If I didn't read that line about the guava plant, I'd say it looks very similar to Papilio rumanzovia. I saw pupae not once http://lepidoptera.pro/gallery/21416. Larva looks quite similar, imho, http://kukolki-babochek.ru/babochka-papilio-rumanzovia/papilio-rumanzovia-24591-rl_0/ So I checked as well close Thailand species, but their food plants include many — garcinia, gardenia, citruses, Aristolochiaceae, Rutaceae — anything but Myrtaceae (guava).

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